Pop health vendors challenged by range of provider needs

Dive Brief:

  • No single population health vendor has the capacity to meet the needs of all types of healthcare customers, a new report by KLAS concludes.
  • While Allscripts and Philips Wellcentive cater to care managers and clinicians by streamlining workflows, Cerner and IBM Watson Health target the data needs of program administrators and care managers. But no population health platform does it all.
  • The KLAS Population Health Management 2016 report looks at which vendors have the capacity to quickly aggregate larger amounts of data, which have improved their workflows at the point of care, and which are able to easily respond and adapt to a changing healthcare environment.

Dive Insight:

“The world of population health is so vast that there is no one vendor that does it all for providers,” KLAS Research Director Bradley Hunter said in a statement. “Depending on the needs of the provider, there are various solutions.”

Other vendors cited in the report include Enli and i2i Population Health, which easily aggregate data for providers, and Valence Health, which is more labor-intensive but handles more feeds, Healthcare IT News notes. There’s been good customer feedback on HealthEC, Health Catalyst and Arcadia Healthcare, as well.

Among fully rated population health management vendors, athenahealth, Optum, and Philips Wellcentive have the largest share of clients merging clinical and claims data.

The U.S. population health management market was about $8.5 billion in 2015, according to MarketsandMarkets. Fueling its growth are reforms triggered by the ACA, such as Meaningful Use, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and the move to value-based care.

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