Working with a Healthcare Leader to Spread the Word on Population Health

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Oct

We’re especially excited at the School of Population Health to be working with our colleagues at HealthLeaders Media. If you’re a working healthcare professional, you’re familiar with HealthLeaders Media, a multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals.

The current issue of HealthLeaders magazine, winner of the 2010 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors Magazine of the Year Award, includes initial results of the Population Health Survey, part of a series of monthly Thought Leadership Studies. These Intelligence Reports offer timely data, expert analysis, and actionable recommendations on key issues every month. JSPH was a major contributor to this report.

With 61% of respondents to the survey saying they have selected a patient population and are working to improve the health of that population, it is clear that healthcare leaders recognize the importance of population health management. That’s the good news. As we know, improving the health of a defined population requires a complex set of activities, many of which are new to healthcare providers.

A detailed report and analysis can be found here. Take some time to process the findings of this report and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section of this blog. I’ve been receiving a lot of feedback from Philip Betbeze’s piece, “Don’t Expect Physicians to Lead Change,” which you can read here.

During a recent trip to Nashville I sat down with Phil, whose column, Leadership Corner, appears every Friday on the HealthLeaders Media website. His piece sheds light on the need for better leadership training for physicians. Under healthcare reform, physicians will play a big part in whether or not healthcare costs will moderate and quality will improve. But, as Phil writes, in most cases physicians are unprepared to play a leading part because the large majority have no leadership training.

Be sure to take a few moments to read Phil’s piece. I would love to hear what you think the comments section of this blog.

Finally, JSPH will be participating in an upcoming HealthLeaders webcast about physician leadership in population health. Population health is of great interest to the HealthLeaders audience, but its concepts and processes clearly can’t be implemented without agreement, involvement, and leadership from physicians. HealthLeaders has been conducting webcasts for many years, and they continue to be a great way to drill into important topics through the first-person perspectives of experts. I’m proud that our School can play a role in this important initiative.

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