At times, it feels like everything can—or already is—automated in some fashion; and after it’s automated, an infographic derived from big data emerges and makes waves in some spheres of influence. In the world of employee benefits, it’s important to remember that in spite of automation and data figures that these are real people who are being affected. Population health management—especially as employed by Benovate—is an example of a system that is able to automate tasks and collate data to make personalized recommendations to an individual in their wellness journey.
Population health management (PHM) is a holistic approach to improving the health of an entire population. The idea is that by employing intervention tactics on several levels (organizational, individual and cultural), the health of group of people can be improved. PHM uses predictive modeling to hone in on particular risks, and typically uses a single point of contact and coordination to ensure consistent messaging and information.
By including chronic conditions and diseases (which are more and more often indicators of quality of life), population health management is able to address the needs of individuals across the risk spectrum. Benovate uses a process made up of four components to create a customized program that addresses the unique stressors and overall health of organizations.
The first step is to determine the state of an organization and which tools and resources are needed for implementation.
Benovate’s predictive health modeling filters eight sets of data (individual and group) along with other assessments to predict health outcomes and develop customized plans.
Even though PHM takes stock of the entire community, Benovate’s solution is able to target individuals by rewarding not only physical but psychological health as well.
The automated side of PHM is able to draw analytics from each individual’s usage to constantly assess and evaluate effectiveness, and in turn make recommendations as people and organizations grow, making the system not only more robust but more accurate with time.
Population health management is the ability to not only automate these tasks, but also consistently monitor and adjust as each changes to provide accurate reporting regarding health. To improve patient compliance, PHM typically uses multiple strategies ranging from traditional marketing tactics like mailings and phone reminders, but usually goes beyond that with interactive web-based applications (like Benovate’s personal health dashboard, or PHD) and mobile apps.
Benovate’s wellness programs incorporate holistic elements coupled with a risk management approach. It’s more proactive than reactive—a core component of PHM—and can address the health concerns of individuals before they become a major limitation. The benefits of population health management are plentiful for employers and employees.
For the Employer
Healthy employees equal a healthy organization in many ways. Not only are healthy employees less likely to call in sick, they’re consistently shown to be more engaged and productive in their work. Additionally, employers save money by minimizing the need for expensive actions like emergency care, hospitalizations, procedures, and other medical interventions.
Population health management is able to address the needs of high-risk individuals (i.e., those who generate the most cost), but that’s not to say that other employees are ignored—PHM looks over the entire distribution and addresses the needs of every employee—and over time, PHM automatically adjusts as needed. And it does all of this via automation tools, which makes Benovate’s solution feasible from both a HR and economic perspective.
For the Individual
The Affordable Care Act is slowly but surely making its way into the everyday lives of Americans, and while for many their employer-provided healthcare plans won’t change drastically, there is one part that affects everyone: community ratings. Regardless of personal health status, the general health of the entire community in which you live will be taken into consideration when determining premiums (although there are some differing factors, like tobacco use, etc.).
Population health management aims to improve the health of an entire community, in the vein of community ratings. Better health = lower premiums, but also from a personal standpoint, being in better health ensure a better quality of life as the population ages. Additionally, the automated portions of PHM help your doctor and associated care practitioners to focus on the patient, and not the insurance plan.
The ability to apply automation to any process is not only a time, money and energy saver, but can produce the added bonus of increased accuracy on top of analytics. By way of population health management, Benovate aims to provide organizations with the ability to enhance the health of all their employees without forgetting that each one is an individual.