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Fundamental Population Health Tools and Technology

Population health can be difficult to manage, as it covers a large number of people and health needs. Fortunately, many helpful technologies exist that keep things under control. When managing population health, it’s important to note that multiple tools and types of technology need to be used to, as one size does not fit all. There are two tools that are effective for two reasons: managing daily operations for providers and patients, and seeing the outcomes. Here are the two tools needed for fundamental population health management.

Health Information Exchange

Health Information Exchange, or HIE for short, goes hand-in-hand with data analytics. This enables interoperability, or the method in which healthcare organizations and hospitals transmit data between one another. HIE is key for healthcare professionals to receive patient data and also to understand any recent developments. Being able to easily access this data benefits population health because of how quickly and simply a healthcare provider can send important information over to a hospital. This way, patients can receive the care they need without having to explain their troubles among the healthcare organizations they use.. HIE is continuously improving and healthcare professionals are taking advantage of its benefits.

Customer Relationship Management

Often referred to as CRM, these tools house performance metrics and credential information for healthcare providers. These allow for more effective communication between providers and their patients. Healthcare providers using CRM systems are able to personalize and educational and motivational messaging to engage patients. CRM systems work together with marketing because they are related to the hospital or healthcare provider’s messaging and the way they reach their patients or prospective patients. Population health and marketing teams are able to work together to come up with the best population health management communication strategies.

Managing population health can be done most effectively when using the right tools and technology. At Catholic Benefits Trust, we understand how useful these technologies are and how they work to benefit patients everywhere. Some of our benefits for members include valuable benchmark data, lower fixed costs, asset protection, and flexibility in choosing the right plan for your employees. Contact us today for more information on our plans and how we can help you.

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Interoperability: Improving the Way Doctors Access Data

Many hospitals and healthcare providers use different Electronic Health Records (EHR), which can be challenging in implementing population health management, viewing patient records, and various IT solutions. For healthcare organizations, it is essential to combine information from multiple electronic medical record systems for a simple way to access information. Many organizations have to access multiple EHR systems to access one patient’s record, which has complicated the system instead of making it seamless. So how can healthcare providers and hospitals using different systems easily access records across systems? This can be done through interoperability, or multiple independent systems exchanging useful information for mutual benefits.

Use the right technology

Creating the option for interoperability is not a simple task, but many technologies exist to make this happen. It is essential to house the information in one, easily accessible place, which is a Health Information Exchange, or HIE. With this technology, healthcare organizations are able to easily reference patient data from a number of sources, including EHRs, lab results, administrative data, and more. This is also helpful in normalizing population health data, which enables simpler data sharing.

The importance of interoperability

When doctors cannot easily access detailed patient data, they will not be able to see everything in the patient’s care history. And this goes across the board for all patients, which affects population health management. Having easy access to this information makes life easier for doctors and hospitals when it comes to new patients. Being able to look up a patient and see their medical history makes the process easier for both doctors and patients. Doctors don’t have to scramble to look for data from multiple sources, and patients won’t have to explain their medical history over and over again.

Technology has made healthcare and population health management easier, especially when it comes to sharing and transmitting data. At Catholic Benefits Trust, we provide member benefits including valuable benchmark data that you are able access how and when you want. With help from our actuaries, you can analyze the data to see how your plans and programs compare. Contact us today for more information on our benefits and how we can best help you and your health needs.

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Applying Business Intelligence to Healthcare

business intelligence and healthcareBusinesses already use data and analytics tools to improve their operations and marketing strategies. In order to reach their audience more effectively and predict the wants and needs of their market, they apply business intelligence tools to acquire data. We can apply the same types of tools to collect patient data and use them to improve healthcare. Applying business intelligence techniques to healthcare can help providers reduce costs and improve treatments for patients.

Opportunities to Save

Collecting data and studying patterns will help you save money in the future. With all of the information in one place, you can identify opportunities where resources are misused or where there’s room for improvement. Using business intelligence techniques to track data will save both employers and employees money in the long run. Instead of cutting back on employee benefits, employers can use their data analysis to find other ways of reducing costs. Applying business intelligence tools to your health benefits analysis also provides transparency for your employees so they can work to maintain their health and avoid costly health issues in the future.

Improve Quality of Care

With proper application, business intelligence tools can also improve the quality of care and treatment for your employees. Doctors can use predictive analytics to design treatment plans for individuals. Using big data in healthcare allows providers to anticipate health problems before they occur, which helps doctors and patients work together on preventative treatment plans. Preventative medicine will improve the overall, long-term health of your employees while also saving money on costly emergency treatments.

The Catholic Benefits Trust already uses business intelligence techniques when designing health and benefits plans for our members. As a member, you’ll receive access to a data warehouse and an in-depth cost analysis of your health plan. We help you save money on health costs by preventing them in the first place. With our individual care advocacy and wellness plans, your employees are encouraged to stay healthy and avoid expensive medical treatments. You can learn more about the flexible benefits we offer our members by contacting us!

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