Population health delivery has become increasingly important in recent years as more health systems and providers seek better ways to improve the health of the people and communities they serve. Providers are moving beyond focusing their clinical interventions primarily on the highest risk or sickest individuals. Rather, they see better outcomes when they take a more holistic approach that focuses on preventative measures, interventions, and incentives to promote health and wellness throughout the entire community.
Population health delivery prioritizes the value of care
With a population health approach, providers focus on the quality and efficiency of care. They prioritize the value of the care they deliver to patients, not simply the volume of patients they see, procedures they accomplish, or the speed at which they deliver care.
Value-based care is a win-win for everyone. Patients are healthier and live healthier lifestyles, which results in healthier communities. Providers are rewarded for outcomes that are tied to measurable objectives based on quality and the improved health of the overall population.
At Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), we belong to the Northeast Georgia Health Partners Network, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NGHS, in partnership with regional physicians and hospitals. Health Partners works to expand value-based services to ensure our health care is safer, more affordable, and more effective for the people and communities we serve.
Population health delivery promotes collaboration across the continuum of care
Population health delivery promotes collaboration among all types of services and service providers (hospitals, physicians, community groups, etc.) that work together to deliver improved outcomes. These partnerships work across the continuum of care, providing solutions to ensure people have seamless access to the right care at the right time and in the right place.
Examples at NGHS include:
- Our social workers will connect patients who have transportation needs to transportation services so that they can make their appointments.
- Our care managers can access data that show patients with complex chronic diseases in high need of outreach and care coordination services.
- We continuously explore new ideas about how to provide specific services through digital technology so we can care for people before they need to go to their doctor’s office or the hospital.
Population health promotes healthier communities
Population health delivery uses preventative strategies to keep people from getting sick—or sicker—and incentivizes good health and wellness. Further, coordinated and integrated care delivery reduces redundancy and duplicative services – which results in more streamlined, effective care.
Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega – with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties.
At NGHS, we belong to the Northeast Georgia Health Partners Network, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NGHS, in partnership with NGMC, local physicians, and regional hospitals. Health Partners is a collaborative network that works to ensure patients have access to the highest quality and most cost-effective healthcare in Northeast Georgia. Over 1,600 providers and advanced practice providers participate in the Northeast Georgia Health Partners Network across a fourteen-county primary service area.