We are observing leaders across communities of care coming together to support common strategies and activities, focused on improved outcomes. We’re already seeing this happen, centered on a focus on the individual. And a focus on health and wellness -- rather than just acute care, where we know much of the cost is in the system today. Why are leaders / stakeholders coming together? They have common business interests, which can sometimes even result in acquisitions and consolidations.
You can engage with that individual in a number of ways:
Intervention -- where we can identify populations that have common characteristics, where an early intervention can actually improve outcomes, lower costs, prevent larger issues, and minimize future costs.
Knowledge -- where we can do an assessment of what really works best based on evidence and standardized care planning; all of the external information that yields insight to patients/individuals and populations
Collaboration -- where we really want to drive positive health choices, to bring together stakeholders – engaging with the individual, and family members -- to drive and monitor multifaceted care plans. Provide the individual with information and support to make healthy choices; collaborate across care providers and with the individual to ensure individualized care and informed choices.
Coordination – where we are sharing information among and across stakeholders. Coordinating to share knowledge and expertise, sharing a common view of the progress from care plans. Coordinating to adapt or reassess plans and results. (think of meals on wheels, employers sponsored programs, social programs, care providers, home health, etc)
Learning – Really important, because as we learn about how individuals and populations respond, we must continue to evolve. Through constant learning we are analyzing information, interactions, outcomes to guide more informed decisions -- to adapt and evolve best practices. Learning is a result of engaging with multiple individuals in a population and applying the new learning into future interactions and engagements. Ensuring the community of care keeps improving, continually making progress and refining approaches that drive optimal outcomes.
Constant improvement and change, to deliver improved outcomes!