This is a partial copy (teaser) of a guest blog I did on the Care Continuum Alliance blog earlier this week.
With all the talk about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), the adoption curve for the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) model for Population Health Management (PHM) should move beyond the innovators in 2013 and begin to “Cross the Chasm.” I believe there are several preconditions that would set the stage for this to occur, for instance:
- Technology advances leading to the “Big Data” focus;
- The changing paradigm from fee-for-service to outcomes-based care;
- The realization of the role of the consumer led by the e-Patient movement, the idea of the Quantified Self, and the focus of large healthcare enterprises on being consumer centric; and
- The budget crisis that is driving employers and other payers to embrace PHM, wellness, and other initiatives that impact cost and productivity.
Of course, most companies are still in the infancy of designing systems to address this coordinated care model, which does not view the patient as a claim, but longitudinally aggregates demographical, psychosocial and claims data. Additionally, training staff using Motivational Interviewing and integrating external staff into the virtual care team in partnership with the provider will continue to evolve as do our care delivery models.
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