By Gregg A. Masters, MPH
With the simultaneous running of the 6th Annual mHealth Summit (follow #mhealth14), Population Health Alliance [PHA] Forum (follow #PHAforum) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI] (follow #IHI26Forum) I am reminded of the oft quoted Don Berwick, the then Administrator for CMS channeling from his tenure in healthcare both as a clinician and ‘truth to power’ health wonk, of the ‘all hands on deck’ and ‘full court press’ nature of the challenge before the health[care] ecosystem stakeholder ‘leaderbody’ – if you will.
I have chosen to express his challenge more broadly as the mandate to pursue and enable a sustainable healthcare economy, since ‘business as usual’ is no longer even a remote option placed before any credible healthcare leadership whether inside, aligned with or otherwise tethered to the healthcare ecosystem sporting either traditional provider, recipient (patient/consumer) or payor stripes.
The HealthInnovation Media team is on site (me and my co-host colleague Douglas Goldstein aka @efuturist) In Scottsdale at the PHA Forum to interview keynote speakers, session leaders and interested parties to the arguably ‘nascent’ [or minimally rebranded] population health industry.
Just what is ‘population health’ you might ask? Is it ‘Disease Management 2.0’ rebranded and extended into the lifestyle or health side of the equation? Or is it some other programmatic expression yet to be fully defined and operationalized based on local provider/payor geo-political footprints?
The PHA Forum program committee has assembled a thoughtful line-up of talented folk at the PHA Forum 2014 who will address that subject. In particular, I am looking forward to hearing the perspectives (and data) from the founding Dean of the only School of Population Health Management (follow via @JeffersonJSPH), The Jefferson School of Population Health, David Nash, MD, MBA.