Top Population Health Management Software

Top Population Health Management Software

Population health management is an essential aspect of today’s healthcare provider environment. Solutions for population health management have become increasingly essential for medical practitioners in all aspects of their business. Why?

Use of population health management software:

  •  encourages interaction between patient and provider
  • manages high risk patients
  • analyzes and utilizes the most efficient and effective evidence-based protocols to treat and diagnose patients in the most cost-effective manner

The emphasis in healthcare today, mainly due to the Affordable Care Act, is in shifting from quantity to quality, or from volume to value, in regard to patient care. Physicians and healthcare providers focusing on high-quality patient-centered care is the goal. However this is not as easy as it sounds.

When it comes to looking for PHM solutions, what should you look for?

What to look for in PHM solutions

High-quality population health management software enables healthcare providers to automate communication, reporting, data integration, and analysis in all aspects of patient care and delivery. An effective system identifies gaps in care, oversees managed care, and provides greater analysis of measurement outcomes. Major benefits of optimal population health management systems:

  • Coordinate care among multidisciplinary teams and settingsCreate an organized system of care
  • Improve and enhance access to primary care scenarios
  • Centralize resource planning
  • Provide greater utilization and access to data and reporting for improved communication between patients and providers as well as between healthcare providers

 

Such a system makes management easier through:

  • Data collection, management, and storage
  • Optimizing health in any given population
  • Monitoring
  • Patient-focused care and interaction
  • Optimal outcome measurements
  • A focus on team-based strategies and interventions

Population health management software should cover a variety of products, services and accessibility when it comes to quality, risk management, operations, document training and control, and health and safety based on environment and operations. Document control and planning cannot be underestimated in today’s reimbursement atmosphere to ensure compliance, increase efficiency, and reduce review and approval time.

Look for software systems that can be utilized across a wide platform of specialties and that are HIPAA compliant. A number of popular systems today include:

  • CureMD ICE
  • eClinicalWorks
  • NueMD
  • Practice Fusion
  • ADP AdvancedMD

Software Insider[1] provides detailed information regarding over a dozen popular EHR and PHM systems today. Comparisons should be made regarding desired platforms, features, accessibility, clinical practice and specialty, and intended use, such as private practice or hospital use.

 

How do a few of the most popular PHM systems compare?

Several of the most popular and highly rated software systems in this aspect of health care include offer a variety of solutions and main features

 

Solutions:

EMR Medical Billing Practice Management Patient Scheduling
CureMD yes yes yes yes
eClinicalWorks yes no no no
Practice Fusion yes yes yes yes

 

Main Features:

CureMD eClinicalWorks Practice Fusion
  • Credit card processingü  API options
  •  Document management
  • Patient Portal
  • Reporting dashboard
  • E-Prescribing
  • Electronic remittance advice
  •  Credit card processing
  • Claim scrubber
  • E-Prescribing
  • Electronic remittance advice
  • Patient portal
  • Document management
  • E-Prescribing
  • Lab orders and results
  • Online booking
  • Patient portal

 

Specs:

CureMD eClinicalWorks Practice Fusion
Platform
  • Online
  • Online
  • Mobile
  • Online
  • Mobile
  • On premise
Mobile platforms
  • iOS
  • Mobile website
  • Android
  • iOS

Data: Office of National Coordinator for Health IT and Software Vendor Sites

 

Importance of population health management important in today’s healthcare economy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 encourages responsibility of healthcare providers in regard to not only quality of care, but the cost of that care. An increased demand in measuring value of care and payment is required.

A good system helps medical providers provide optimal care in a variety of environments. Companies providing such platforms and solutions are invaluable in maintaining accuracy and optimal reimbursement in a timely manner. Due diligence is key in researching and selecting the PHM software system that works best for sole practitioners to hospital environments.

 

Author bio: Nina Keller Health IT expert for HCIT Consulting. Writes frequently about ICD10 , EHR ,HIPAA Medical Billing and health care reforms.