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Simple Changes, Big Impact: The Value of Total Population Health

Managing chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, has long since been a public health challenge. Yet, many studies show that if individuals were to make lifestyle modifications, such as increasing physical activity or eating healthier, the number of illnesses and deaths from chronic conditions would be reduced significantly. 

Consider these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding chronic disease:

7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases

Treatment of chronic disease accounts for 86% of our nation’s healthcare costs

Heart disease and cancer account for more than 48% of all deaths each year

47% of American adults have at least one of the following major risk factors for heart disease or stroke:

  • uncontrolled high blood pressure; uncontrolled high LDL cholesterol; or are current smokers

A true total population health solution coordinates the full spectrum of health management, including: chronic condition management, shared decision making, and wellness aimed at improving the health of an entire population. Population health efforts must also look at the “total individual” and seek to address a broad range of factors that can impact an individual’s health, including physical well-being and productivity, emotional state, workplace environment, and social influencers. Individual personal barriers and unique challenges must be accounted for when offering up tools for healthier lifestyle choices and chronic care management. Customization is important. Any particular tool may be interesting for one individual and feel irrelevant for another; pay attention to personal preferences!

Our approach to population health management helps address the healthcare needs of each individual no matter where they are on their healthcare journey. We find the right people at the right time, catch their attention through a personalized programming, and empower them to be involved in their care choices. We believe individuals must become active partners with their providers in order to successfully reach and maintain health goals. The use of shared decision making, which provides the expertise, resources, and support, helps individuals take control of their health and healthcare decisions.

By taking a tailored, whole person approach to health management we engage more individuals in ways that are personally meaningful. Through the use of care pathways analytics we drive behavior change by engaging with individuals at the right time, and providing relevant and timely health information that empowers individuals make critical healthcare decisions that are right for them.  When we do this for populations, costs go down while quality and satisfaction go up.

Watch the video below to learn how Health Dialog can design personalized health engagement for your entire population.

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