Population Health
 

Population health is a term widely used in health care but not universally understood. Some definitions of population health emphasize outcomes, while others focus on measurement or accountability. So what does population health truly mean and what impact does it have in our health care environment?

At the heart of population health is people-focused care. The more we can do to improve the health of our community, the more we lift up all aspects of health. After all, healthier populations can accomplish more than ailing populations and spend less money on therapeutic interventions. 

Our health is shaped by a range of factors. Maury Regional Health will leverage population health by organizing a framework that seeks to align various components of the health system including those within the care delivery system and broader health and social determinants that contribute to our overall health. Our organization’s approach focuses on interrelated conditions and factors that influence the health of populations over a lifetime, identifying systematic variations in the patterns of occurrence, and applying the resulting knowledge to develop and implement policies and actions to improve the health and well-being of our community. The goal is to provide a better quality of life on the individual level, while also seeking better health in the community we serve.

Quadruple Aim

The original idea of the Triple Aim, created in 2007, was to work toward (1) the improvement of the patient care experience, (2) health of the population and (3) reduction of cost – all at the same time. However, it left out the well-being of those who provide the care to our patients.

In order to take care of our community more successfully, we must look at health care holistically. Maury will implement not a Triple Aim approach but a Quadruple Aim. 

  1. ENHANCE THE PATIENT CARE
  2. IMPROVE HEALTH
  3. REDUCE COST
  4. IMPROVE WORKLIFE FOR STAFF