Some doctors know their patients so well they can recognize them by patient chart data or MRN alone, without any more identification than that. They enjoy the work and take a caring, life-coach approach to the critical conversations around topics like tobacco, depression, and weight (1) status and risks.
Physicians engaged in providing health care every day most often approach the work one patient at a time. One of the challenges of healthcare today is to enable them to efficiently measure and improve the health of all their patients as a population. Providers often lack the tools to see how they are doing managing their patient population as a whole versus just the ‘one at a time’ approach — both approaches are needed.
How do I look across my patient population to identify who needs additional work to improve their health metrics? Who needs outreach via my patient engagement solution to remind them of care regimen, vaccinations, eye or foot exams…? Which patients are attributed to me as their primary care provider, but whom I have not seen in a while?
“Despite having Electronic Medical Records (EMR) that ingest and store all the data input by medical providers, EMRs often lack the ability to clearly and easily demonstrate population health metrics – global views, segmentation reports and visualizations of trends,” says Dr. Eric Harman. “Once physicians have a tool to identify patients that need additional effort, they are able to lead the healthcare team to drive improvement toward the desired health outcomes and also improve the bottom line of their practice in the value based payment world.”
Visualizing the health of your patient population is not as easy as putting all your EMR data into a visualization tool. Health Information Exchanges (HIE) are critical systems (2) for regional population health information sharing and reporting, but getting the data out of your EMR into the HIE is not easy–and it is not the only hurdle. If we create a beautiful and intuitive visualization of patient population data, but the data is incomplete, we have not gotten close enough to the useful insights we are looking for. This is why at Visualize Health we start with consulting around the discipline and practice of physician documentation. We seek to improve understanding of procedure coding within the EMR and improve documentation workflows. The desired outcomes healthcare is looking for require a partnership between providers on the front lines and the technology that supports outcome driven healthcare.
If the data gathered within our patient population health dashboard is complete and current, a physician will better understand patient health trends across his patient population within multiple disease registries. Patients with chronic conditions on one or more disease registries represent opportunities where a physician can have the greatest relative impact through intervention. A clear view of which patients need the greatest help enables the provider to make the greatest effective use of his time and use healthcare resources available to him for patient outreach and chronic care management. Visualize Health is excited about bringing this kind of capability to the physician groups we serve. We are maximizing the value of data going into the healthcare data store, and maximizing the effectiveness of providers in the value based payment world.
If you know a physician, manage a group practice(s), or do clinical or operations consulting, please consider connecting with us for a conversation.