HIMSS Analytics Releases Addendum to Population Health Study

Population Health, one of the hottest topics in healthcare, is becoming a focus of healthcare delivery organizations as the emphasis of healthcare delivery changes from volume to value-based care.

In December 2015, HIMSS Analytics released their “Population Health Essentials Brief,” offering insight from nearly 200 healthcare executives on their population health initiatives as well as their current and future plans for population health IT solutions.

HIMSS Analytics has now released an addendum to that study which focuses on chronic disease management and preventive health and wellness, allowing for even deeper insight into the current practices of population health initiatives in healthcare.

“HIMSS Analytics wanted to gain additional insight and provide more details into what organizations are actually doing around population health,” said Brendan FitzGerald, Director of Research at HIMSS Analytics. “Building upon our 2015 Population Health Study, we have narrowed our focus to specific categories within population health to highlight areas of focus, tangible benefits realized, contributing factors to achieving population health goals, and the biggest hurdles to success.”

Other highlights in the addendum include:

  • About 11% of study respondents with initiatives in place currently use a consultant for their population health strategy.
  • Over half of study respondents without current population health initiatives in place plan to employ initiatives in the future.
  • Just over a third of organizations with plans to employ population health initiatives in the future plan to use a consultant or would consider it.
  • According to the HA Population Health Study follow-up, the leading areas of focus for organizations with chronic disease management initiatives in place are diabetes (75.9%), congestive heart failure (58.6) and COPD (41.4%)
  • Roughly 70% of respondents to the HA Population Health Study follow-up, with preventive health/wellness initiatives in place that focus on workplace health promotion.

Click here for more information on the HIMSS Analytics Population Health Study and the Chronic Disease Control and Preventative Health & Wellness Update.

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