Tuesday, October 15

10 essential population health IT tools

The 10 essential population health IT tools identified by the PCPCC are:
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  • Electronic health records, to document diagnosis, vital signs and other data needed for advanced analytics;
  • Patient registries, to serve as central databanks to identify care gaps and report quality measures;
  • Health information exchange, to coordinate care and share data between care team members;
  • Risk stratification, to classify patients by their current health status and identify who may need interventions to prevent hospitalization;
  • Automated outreach, to generate automatic messages to patients who need preventive care or chronic disease management;
  • Referral tracking, to ensure that providers receive results of consultations from specialists patients were referred to;
  • Patient portals, to share records with patients and encourage self management;
  • Telehealth/telemedicine, to allow remote examination and treatment;
  • Remote patient monitoring, to track vital signs of patients with chronic conditions and to alert providers when intervention is needed; and
  • Advanced population analytics, to evaluate how different segments of patient populations are faring and assess the performance of individual clinicians and provider organizations as a whole.
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