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Population health is a field that has to continue to grow and develop in it process because populations will continue to grow and be dynamic. As a population changes and evolves, so will the management of that population’s health otherwise it will become ineffective. So what is Driving Population Health ManagementIt’s good to understand what it means exactly first before we can understand what drives it?

What is Driving Population Health Management?

There are many definitions of population health management or research and there really is no formal consensus on its definition but there are many definitions that have been generally accepted. Some definitions are:

Population health research is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the health outcomes of groups of individuals, which can be defined variously (e.g., workers at a workplace, residents of a neighborhood, people sharing a common race or social status, or the population of a nation).

Population health researchers view health as the product of multiple determinants at the biologic, genetic, behavioral, social, and environmental levels and their interactions among individuals and groups and across time and generations.

The field addresses health outcomes, health determinants, and policies and interventions that link the two (Kindig & Stoddart, 2003) in efforts to improve population health and ameliorate health disparities.

David Kindig and Greg Stoddart, who first tried to define the term back in 2003, described it as “the health outcome of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.”

In 2016, “population health management” can perhaps be better described as “the process of using big data analytics to define patient cohorts, stratify members by their risk of experiencing certain events, deliver care targeted to the individual needs of those members, and report on individual and group outcomes to ensure quality and accountability.”

Population health research is not just about the general state of health. It contains a lot more nuanced areas, disciplines, methodologies, and theories. Population health is able to address a diverse set of health outcomes that could help not only cure illnesses but prevent them.

Populations health research hopes to a achieve a systemic reform that solves the problem of systemic chaos. Howbeit, healthcare providers are well aware by now that there is no magic solution to the incredibly complex conundrum of systemic reform. One way population health hopes to tackle this is through Triple Aim.

But the available answer is either more technology, less technology, more acquisitions and mergers, increased provider autonomy, less quality reporting, more federal oversight, more incentives for performance, or less of a push towards value-based care. If performed correctly, population health management can indeed help healthcare organizations meet all three parts of the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience, lowering per capita costs, and raising the overall level of health for large segments of the population.

What is Driving Population Health Management?

Below are some discussions on what is driving population health management and what needs to be done to make it better –