Health IT tip of the day: 4 steps to an actionable population health data engine

There are four key elements to drawing actionable insights from administrative, clinical, financial and socioeconomic datasets, according to Chad Pomeroy, chief technology officer at healthcare technology provider Evolent Health.

Mr. Pomeroy shared the following tip with Becker's Hospital Review.

"Aggregating disparate sources of information, routed across a plethora of divergent platforms, is no easy task. … In a well-designed system, the final output is a rank-ordered list of patients with future, avoidable events tied to specific recommended clinical actions, which are then tied to the provider's value payment model.

"This is the truth you need to drive value-based performance. The 'truth' is to locate the right patient for the right intervention at the right time, with a high degree of accuracy, to positively impact their health outcome and ensure appropriate reimbursement. The four elements your population health data engine needs in order to provide actionable insights are:

  • A data onboarding process that provides a single source of truth and complete, unified patient record;
  • Predictive models that deliver a clear set of priorities used to direct efforts and positively impact patients' health outcomes;
  • A flexible clinical decision support chassis that continuously builds and updates patient profiles to ensure accuracy and improved patient support; and
  • Front-end applications, customized to care team member goals, that enhance care provided and patient experience."

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