POP HEALTH FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT
Boston, MA - April 3 - 4, 2017
Jodi Frei is the manager of organizational informatics at Northwestern Medical Center (NMC), a forward-thinking community based hospital in northern Vermont. She is also a project manager who oversees NMC's major EHR system upgrades. Ms. Frei participated as a panelist at the HIMSS 2016 Pop Health Forum.
Northwestern Medical Center, in St. Albans, Vt., which provides over $129 million in patient care annually, believes the foundation of an effective population health program must be built on collaboration. A few years ago they took the initiative to connect local primary care physicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, their state HIE, and three different ACOs to establish a Regional Clinical Performance Counsel. This group reviews performance indicators and trends (by ACO, payor, clinic, chronic condition, and other measures) and develops targeted treatment strategies for at-risk populations. They have also played a leadership role in Rise Vermont, a collaborative that promotes primary prevention, healthier lifestyles and lower healthcare costs. The rural healthcare provider is exploring new technologies to manage distinct patient populations, including patient registries, clinical surveillance and longitudinal care plans. These tools allow them to more precisely target their programming for maximum effectiveness, leveraging the partnerships and programs they’ve developed to better manage their patient populations inside the organization and out in their communities of care.
With newly elected President Donald Trump pushing an agenda to repeal and replace the ACA, healthcare organizations find themselves in a world of uncertainty. What does this uncertainty mean for population health management? How does it affect strategy, purchasing, and implementation? Do you stay the course? Put the brakes on? Or some of both?
Our panel of experts will address this head on. Likewise, in keeping with the panel’s state-of-the-industry format, they’ll also address topics key to pop health success, such as clinical workflow improvement, decreasing utilization, data visualization, choosing vendors, measuring results, and more.
This session will provide attendees with a great overview and set the stage for the sessions to follow.