In the end, sources interviewed for this piece are in agreement that healthcare’s traditional fee-for-service mentality in which physicians want to maximize the patients they see—thus maximizing their charges—does not encourage an environment in which it’s important to spend time looking at a patient’s social determinant data. But when that physician is getting paid for quality outcomes, all of a sudden, it makes sense to look at these other health factors.
And that right there is the crux of population health management—using analytics and insight to focus on a group of individuals with similar healthcare needs, and improve those patients’ outcomes. Says Gopal, when asked about putting all of this together for improved care: “It’s a nice sweet spot, the intersection of data and medicine that is coming together and revolutionizing this population health management space.”
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