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How AlayaCare Fits into Your Population Health Strategy


Let us begin by telling you what you already know: our healthcare system is constantly facing challenges. According to the Becker Hospital Review, the vast majority of the top 10 challenges and opportunities for hospitals relate to Population Health.

Population Health is a relatively new concept, and only most recently possible because of the growth of information and data available to us through technological advancements. To put it simply, Population Health are the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. While often geographic, these groups can also be divided by demographics and psychographics such as employees, ethnic groups, the handicapped, etc.

A good example of being grouped based on geography include Health Authorities in Canada or Accountable Care Organizations and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations in the United States.

Understanding and analyzing healthcare from this perspective brings to care providers a series of Population health solutions that address a wide variety of challenges. This is because the core capabilities of any solid Population Health Management solution includes:

* Data aggregation – accumulate and share data from systems across a health network.

* Predictive analytics – pre-emptively understand a population’s risk of a population as to find opportunities for improvement.

* Care coordination – improve the efficiency and consistency of care coordination ultimately to improve patient outcomes

* Patient engagement – through a patient centric model, empower patients to self-modify behaviors that can improve their outcomes and stay out of hospitals

So in the care continuum of Population Health, where does home care stand?

The fact is that home care remains one of the most cost efficient, yet effective, methods of providing healthcare. The other fact is that 86% of the current US healthcare budget can be attributed to chronic conditions.

This includes diseases such as CHF, COPD and diabetes. One doesn’t need a doctor or a nurse to treat these conditions, but rather a change in lifestyle. This isn’t a myth, but something you will read in other blogs from countries that are facing chronic condition crises.

This all begins in the home. Whether you are equipped with a health monitoring wearable and are looking to ensure your wellness keeps you out of the hospital, or if you have already suffered and are being Remote Patient Monitored to ensure you don’t go back to the hospital, this all takes place in your own home.

Why does AlayaCare play such an important role in Population Health Management?

The aforementioned key core capabilities of Population Health would not be possible with innovative technologies. AlayaCare is differentiated with integrated pre- and post-acute telehealth, with a robust clinical documentation, point of care, portal, and back office solution.

Very few other vendors can boast this level of integration within one single platform, especially in the age of Value-Based Purchasing. Our software will gather information and then apply that information through a unique set of Machine Learning algorithms to understand the clinical and financial risk of a population. Our clinical and back office solutions work together to improve care coordination, which when combined with our Family Portal, creates a patient-centric model. In this way, AlayaCare addresses the core capabilities of Population Health: data aggregation, predictive analytics, care coordination and patient engagement.