A Snapshot on Health
Conducting periodic health assessments on patients provides an opportunity for provider care teams to get a snapshot on the health status and the health risks of a panel or cohort of patients. Health assessment is a process involving systematic collection and analysis of health-related information on patients for use by patients, clinicians, and care teams to identify and support beneficial health behaviors and mutually work to direct changes in potentially harmful health behaviors. These assessments are not intended to be diagnostic tools and they are not complete health histories; instead, they aim to be one method to engage patients in their own health, leading to better health choices and improved health outcomes in the long term.
The upcoming Care Management and Care Coordination study that Chilmark Research is undertaking this summer will provide more clarity as to how vendors are utilizing health assessments in their solutions to optimize care processes. This will include such issues as:
- How to ensure non-redundant data is being captured and how it is being coupled with existing data including clinical data to drive workflow,
- What approaches are being utilized to capture data via assessments including self-reported data, and
- How responses are translated back into some type of risk quantification driving both risk segmentation and possible interventions.
The following Monitor shares some of our early insights uncovered via conversations with care management stakeholders regarding the topic of health assessments.