Philips held its Connect2Care customer conference in late September in Aurora, Colorado. The event was primarily for North American customers and featured the range of Philips solutions and those of its key partners. I was fortunate to co-present with Cindy Gaines, Chief Nursing Officer for Philips Population Health for a session entitled "Scaling Care to Meet Patient Needs Across the Continuum." The 90-minute session was designed to engage attendees in a discussion of the challenges to success and how organizations are overcoming those challenges in order to grow and mature their population health programs.
The IDC Maturity Model for Population Health was presented. It describes the five levels of maturity ranging from "The Dabbler" all the way to "The Guru." The model was applied across six dimensions of population health: Vision, People, Process, Data, Technology and Finance. With each dimension discussed, the audience shared their experiences and strategies. While there were several lively discussions, one theme emerged: credible and actionable data as the cornerstone for gaining momentum in population health was raised by virtually all participants.
Bringing together data from multiple Electronic Health Records (EHR) and integrating multiple claims feeds to create a comprehensive longitudinal patient record is the first and for many the greatest challenge. To create clean data, healthcare organizations or their third-party partner must have experience and an understanding of the nuances of both claims and structured clinical data. They must understand issues of data harmonization to make sure values across EHRs are equivalent and that coding nuances have been identified and normalized. Ingesting claims data takes a similar set of skills and experience. Many a data and analytics effort has been sabotaged by exposing poor/inaccurate data. Physician participation in population health management relies on credible and actionable data.