An Introduction to Population Health: Part 1

Population health has been defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” according to Improving Population Health. However, the definition is still abstract and has not reached its full potential. Population health first came to being in 2003, however, it was more of a medical term rather than an emerging trend in the medical field.

Population health is now moving into the EHR space as a healthcare improvement initiative. The goal is for an EHR system to be utilized as a data collector made up of collected individuals’ health records, broken down into different population health segments. For example, let’s use the population of diabetes. Anyone who is diabetic and has an EHR will be a small piece of data in the larger data base that contains the health records of all those with diabetes in the world. The vast amount of data on a specific health group will allow doctors to understand and better treat those with the same medical affliction.

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