A Population Health Management (PHM) strategy is incredibly important to our every growing population that seemingly swamp hospital staff more and more every year. However, as populations have grown, so has the opportunity to leverage the ever-increasing amounts of data as a result of these increasing populations. According to Jack Plotkin, CTO of VirtualHealth, population health management should be seen as a journey, not a final destination as healthcare organizations should be aligning themselves with healthcare digital transformation industry leaders. By doing this, organizations can ensure their ability to thrive in an ever-increasing technological world where decisions are made purely through a data augmented viewpoint.
At this stage, since these processes are still being ironed out, it is a very good idea to jump on the train as soon as possible. The quicker you are able to transform your PHM strategy into that is backed by data, the easier it will be for you to remain agile and nimble as the demand for this kind of service for patients begins more and more mainstream. Those that are left in the dust and do not pivot towards digital run the risk of going extinct simply because they cannot keep up with the demands that their populations desire. Additionally, starting a transformation too late, while better than not doing it all, has the additional challenge of playing catch up to other organizations that have developed sophisticated infrastructures and don’t have to rip off too many Band-Aids in order to keep up with the demanding pace of technological change.
By aligning themselves with strategic partners, healthcare organizations can pivot into a new era of data-backed integration as the main process for PHM strategies. Doing this sooner than later can be a less painful experience and can ensure that the organization thrives in the future.