Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Integrated care and population health

Population health Systems: Going beyond integrated care

In this blog I have mentioned several times the works by Kindig on population health. If integrated care makes sense, it is because it improves population health. Otherwise we should talk about diferent things.
A new report by the King's Fund sheds some light on several experiences of integrated care. It's worth reading, because you'll see that there is not only one way to achieve the final goal, and the tool -better coordination- has to be suited to the specific setting.

The "recipe":
At a practical level, developing a population health systems perspective requires the
following elements as a minimum:
• pooling of data about the population served to identify challenges and needs
• segmentation of the population to enable interventions and support to be
targeted appropriately
• pooling of budgets to enable resources to be used flexibly to meet population
health needs, at least between health and social care but potentially going
much further
• place-based leadership, drawing on skills from different agencies and sectors
based on a common vision and strategy
• shared goals for improving health and tackling inequalities based on an analysis
of needs and linked to evidence-based interventions
• effective engagement of communities and their assets through third sector
organisations and civil society in its different manifestations
• paying for outcomes that require collaboration between different agencies in
order to incentivise joint working on population health.
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