So I decided it was time to search out a Population Health Analytics platform that truly does more than the basics. You see back in 1999 when I launched Specialty Disease Management Services I had to develop an IT system for the first program, which was for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The system I developed and ultimately called Precept, included member demographics, medical and pharmacy claims, clinical information gathered from charts (there were nearly no electronic health records), some social determinants data and it assigned risks, created care plans, tracked all the activity of our staff and reported on outcomes both cost and quality. We continued to add new chronic diseases and conditions as we grew.
Since then I have not seen any truly outstanding Population Health Analytics platform, but that could be because I just haven’t found it. So I created the #PopHealthChallenge at this years HIMSS conference in Orlando to seek out a platform that truly wows me. You can learn more about the Challenge in this video and if you have a product that you think is really good, let me know.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Population Health Colloquium, a conference founded by David Nash, MD the Founding Dean Emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health. The conference will be held March 30 through April 1st in Philadelphia. It’s always a great conference to attend, learn and network at. I hope to see you there.
Gregg Masters and I recently updated PopHealth Week to include a new look and new syndication times with HealthCareNow Radio. The weekly show still features the same great guests exploring all things population health and now you can listen to it syndicated on HealthCareNow Radio at 5:30 am, 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm Eastern Time. Take a look, here’s the new logo:
You can follow @PopHealthWeek on twitter and look for the show tweet so you’ll know who’s on. Here’s an example:
And if you can’t listen to the broadcast on HealthcareNow Radio, you can catch prior episodes anytime you’d like right here.
Humana recently launched its local Bold Goal initiative with a conference at UNF. There were excellent presentations and I was honored to participate with a distinguished group of panelists from the Duval County Health Department, hospitals, providers of care and the Duval County Medical Society. It was nice to be involved in the event and try to play a small part in improving the health in the community in which I live.
Recently I took part in the Florida Trail Association (FTA) Annual Conference. The FTA develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). This event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the FTA’s founding.
A Brief History
The National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 that began with the naming of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as the first National Scenic Trails. The AT was originally founded by Benton MacKaye and completed in 1937. It’s over 2,000 miles long. Earl Shaffer was the first person to do a complete single thru-hike of the AT in 1948. Earl was a soldier returning from World War II who said he was going to “walk off the war”. More on this and its relevance to current day later.
Jim and Fred at the unveiling of the sign.
The Florida National Scenic Trail another of the eleven National Scenic Trails is about 1,300 miles long and has its own originator, Jim Kern. The weekend was a well-earned celebration of Jim’s vision to establish the Florida Trail 50 years ago. Jim is also a co-founder of the American Hiking Society, and founder of Big City Mountaineers which takes under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.