7 Components of Population Health Series: Patient Registries

Part I: Patient Registries

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In a 2015 interview with Health Data Management, Bill Spooner, an independent healthcare IT consultant and retired CIO of Sharp HealthCare, listed seven key IT components that organizations must possess in order to effectively manage population health initiatives. “The components, taken together, give healthcare organizations a solid foundation in taking in patient data, storing it, organizing it and acting upon it.”

As an EHR vendor committed to making population health a reality, MEDITECH passes the test with flying colors! We’d like to show you how we fulfill these requirements, so we’re publishing a weekly article for each of the seven components. Here’s Part I:

The First Component - Patient Registries
According to Health Data Management, “Population health organizations must have a tool to record and maintain the list of patients under their care. This can be a component of a master patient index, a separate database or a subset of an HIE or data warehouse. Absent a common patient identifier, the tool must possess strong patient record matching capabilities.”

How MEDITECH Qualifies
A crucial part of managing populations is grouping patients and managing chronic diseases efficiently, with the goal of providing high quality, low cost care and reducing high cost inpatient and emergency department visits. Our Patient Registries, housed within our Web Ambulatory solution, are worklists that update in real time with information from across the continuum, allowing providers to examine different patient populations (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Wellness). From the Registry, users can access the patient’s singular health record, make orders, document, send messages to the patient’s portal, and much more.

To learn more about how MEDITECH is making population health a reality, click here.