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Research Report: Automation Is Key to Population Health Management

Late last week I was contacted by Matthew Raynor of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation. He is trying to get the word out about a new research report they are releasing today titled: “A Roadmap for Provider-Based Automation in a New Era of Healthcare.” The research project was done in collaboration with an impressive array of healthcare thought leaders including Alide Chase, MS, Senior Vice President for Quality and Service, Kaiser Permanente; Robert Fortini, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Bon Secours Health System; Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, School of Nursing Professor & Dean, Academic Health Center Director, Associate Director of Biomedical Health Informatics, and Acting Director of the Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota; Richard Hodach, MD, MPH, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Phytel; Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation, IBM; Margaret O’Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance; Andy Steele, MD, MPH, Director of Medical Informatics, Denver Health; and Dan Fetterolf, Principal, Fetterolf Healthcare Consulting.

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation released findings from its Automating Population Health Research Project today, which seeks to educate the healthcare industry on how best to apply technology in meeting the challenges of population health management.  The report finds that population health management requires healthcare providers to develop new skill sets and new infrastructures for delivering care. To make the transition from fee-for-service reimbursement to accountable care, which depends on the ability to improve population health, providers will need to automate many routine tasks, ranging from identification of care gaps and risk stratification to patient engagement, care management, and outcomes measurement.

For more information about the Automating Population Health Management Research Project, go to http://ihealthtran.com/PopulationHealth.html. Beginning today, the report will be available for download from the Institute for Health Technology Transformation website at no cost.

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