The three pillars of population health--and how they fit together

Three pillars--analytics, care improvement and patient engagement--are key to population health management, Daniel Newman, M.D., chief medical information officer of a Warwick, R.I.-based health information system company, said in a recent interview with Government Health IT.

Ahead of this week's Government Health IT Conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C., Newman echoed themes brought up by CIOs at both the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum and the Health Privacy Summit, both also held in Washington D.C. last week.

Chris Belmont, CIO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, La., spoke on his company's own struggles with big data at the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum last week, stressing the importance of a "horizontal view" of data.

"We have the data points [to be more predictive], we just have to do a better job of getting our hands around the data and understanding it better," Belmont said. 

David Muntz, principal national coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, expressed a similar sentiment last week at the Health Privacy Summit, when he spoke about how it's important to make patients the "custodian of record" with regard to privacy.

"I think that's the right way to do things," he said. "[Health information exchanges] are out there to facilitate conversations and we have to figure out how to provide that info in a safe and secure manner. Patient advocacy is critical."

To learn more:
- read the interview

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