Population Health: has the focus on big data, populations & large systems caused the loss of individuals?
by Rose Rohloff
A Memorial Day quote yesterday regarding veterans also exemplifies much of what has happened in healthcare over the last 10 years, regarding the focus on Population Health, meaningful use reporting, value based analysis, big data analytics-claims data, and mergers of health systems with large EMRs, with focus on reporting.
“We are arguing over a statistical analysis. This is the challenge that we face in society today ,,, we are quantifying numbers because it’s easy to look at a number, and it’s not easy to look at the value of a human life. I would say to you today that (losing) one a day, one a year is too many.”
Kyle Reyes, CEO, The Silent Partner Marketing
When the primary focus is on data (the multiple of numbers/records-statistics), singular records and numbers or outliers are not worth the time and effort of analysts and executives. And yet, they should be as each record is a real patient, a friend, a loved one.
The solution is bringing analysis down to the most base level of management with front line analysis, to coincide with first-hand observation, the voice of the patient & their caregivers/champions, and reducing the ever growing administrative overhead. Bigger is not better for addressing health and care of populations, when the focus is shifted upward with large systems where individuals are lost: Especially when the individual issues are indicative of the core problems that need to be addressed for quality care delivery.
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