Population Health: Is Technology the Solution?

Transitioning to a population health model of care can be daunting. In the rush to meet population health requirements, providers often feel pressure to invest in new technology. Vendors promote population health platforms and patient engagement systems as magic bullets that will transform providers’ cost structure and quality of care.

Unfortunately, in addition to staggering under the prohibitive cost of new platforms, many hospitals and physicians struggle to manage and integrate multiple systems. “We don’t use technology in a way that augments providers, rather we use tech in a way that drags them down,” said Michael Dulin, MD, director of the Academy of Population Health at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Population Health does require robust, integrated IT systems. Catalyst partners with providers of all sizes to create a tightly integrated technology infrastructure that enables them to measure outcomes across the continuum of care, improve quality and create a seamless experience for staff and patients.

However, technology alone is not enough, and it’s not necessarily the best place to start. Before, or alongside, implementing new systems, providers can push themselves up the value curve (and improve quality and their patients’ experience) by using the data they already have to eliminate waste from every facet of the delivery system. By optimizing the revenue cycle, aligning staff, reducing variability, and eliminating duplication, avoidable services and overutilization, Catalyst helps providers improve their margins, outcomes and patient experience today, and sets them up to effectively and efficiently manage the health of their patient population.

Dan Murry
Dan Murry
Vice President
Technology Consulting

Backed by 35 years of healthcare technology experience, Dan provides executive management, strategic and tactical technology consulting for Catalyst’s clients. He specializes in IT delivery, strategic planning, implementation services, system selections, contract negotiation, meaningful use monitoring and compliance, and clinical, financial and administrative technology solutions.