KLAS released its latest report on population health management vendors this time focusing on how well vendors did when it comes to partnering and guidance helping healthcare providers make the transition to value-based care.
WHY IT MATTERS
Hospitals will not achieve population health success with just technology and, KLAS noted, getting to value-based reimbursement will also require partnering and guidance from your tech vendors.
“Some vendors have risen to the challenge, while others have faltered following acquisitions or efforts to scale,” according to the KLAS report Population Health Management, Part 1: Partnering and guidance: The X Factors to PHM success.
THE KLAS RANKINGS
KLAS uses metrics to measure a vendor’s ability to partner with healthcare providers that include strong executive relationships or proactive support, as well as high-quality tech and strong integration.
The firm based its separate ranking for guidance as “going above and beyond partnering,” and also providing strategy, value-based reimbursement contracting, product optimization and ongoing performance assessment.
In terms of overall score, which includes both the partnering and the guidance categories, here is how the vendors fared.
Health Catalyst 87.9
SPH Analytics 85.5
i2i Population Health 81.7
IBM Watson Phytel 80.7
Philips Wellcentive 70.7
“HealthEC, Health Catalyst, Arcadia, Enli, Epic and Lightbeam are the vendors who deliver well in both areas,” KLAS explained in the report. “Over the last year, several other vendors have seen significant decline in overall customer satisfaction.”
KLAS pointed specifically to Philips Wellcentive, NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts and athenahealth as struggling to meet customer’s needs.
THE BIGGER TREND
In a mid-December report, Frost & Sullivan found that PHM vendors are adding artificial intelligence and machine learning for predictive disease modeling, automated risk stratification and capabilities to identify populations that could benefit from precision interventions.
Health systems including UPMC, meanwhile, are harnessing such tools to balance population health and precision medicine.
Princeton Healthcare is using population health tools to decrease post-acute care expenses by 12 percent and inpatient utilization by 5 percent in its value-based care initiatives.
Robert Wood Johnson and NYU Langone are each enhancing their respective population health programs with platform innovations and workflow changes to reach their goals.
ON THE RECORD
“In evolving markets like population health management, provider organizations need vendors who excel at partnering and who are also agile and strategic enough to guide customers through the market’s evolution,” KLAS added.
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