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Insights and Innovations: Top 10 Value-Based Care Posts of 2017

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As 2017 comes to an end, we’ve compiled the top 10 most popular value-based care posts for the year on Watson Health Perspectives, based on reader interest. Whether we were highlighting new research, delving into the challenges of — and successes in — value-based care, or offering insights into the power of cognitive computing for population health and care management, you read and shared our thoughts, listened to our pre-recorded webinars, downloaded our white papers and more.

Thank you for your engagement and interest this year. We look forward to continuing to support healthcare heroes like you in 2018 — empowering your work as you transform a complex and vitally important industry.


#1 Time to accelerate the shift to value-based care
Results from the HealthLeaders Media 2017 Value-Based Readiness Survey lead the list of our most-read posts this year. Readers gained insights on what it will take to implement effective models for care coordination and population health management. And it’s an important topic — nearly 80 percent of survey respondents said they were committed to succeeding in value-based care.


#2 Interoperability in the age of population health management – Part 1
By reading this post and the related white paper, readers demonstrated their interest in addressing the challenges healthcare organizations face when building a data infrastructure to support population health management. The white paper offers details on technology solutions that can help integrate and analyze data from multiple sources and incorporate relevant results into patient care.


#3 Managing population health and avoiding physician burnout: Can you do both?
Physician burnout continues to be a much-discussed topic in healthcare today, as evidenced by this post’s popularity with our readers. This post features a replay of a recent Watson Health webinar that covers strategies to help healthcare providers reduce physician stress — by refining systems that increase care team efficiency and remove care management obstacles.


#4 Innovations in value-based care
This post features a panel discussion replay where four senior Watson Health leaders offer insights on the current and evolving opportunities and challenges in value-based care, and how Watson Health is approaching them. These experts explain our data and analytics approach in the cognitive era and define our VBC Foundation and technology approach.


#5 Care management: A new cognitive paradigm
This post summarized a Watson Health white paper, which discussed what an ideal care management solution, including cognitive elements, would look like. The ideal solution detailed in the publication would not only connect all the dots that make up the determinants of health, but also surface personalized insights that could enhance care and help activate individuals to take greater ownership of their health management.


#6 Population health solutions can help solve the MACRA puzzle
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is designed to pull healthcare organizations out of fee-for-service payment models and establish value-based reimbursement as the primary method of financing healthcare. Readers of this post downloaded a Watson Health white paper that discussed  how data and analytics can support providers at various levels of MACRA implementation. We plan to bring you more content covering the new rule in 2018.


#7 Interoperability in the age of population health management – Part 2
As you see above, Part 1 of this white paper series ranked high on our list of most popular posts in 2017. The post presenting Part 2 of the series explored workflow integration, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), and how to facilitate the integration of outside applications with electronic health records (EHRs) to support population health management.


#8 Value-based healthcare: Using predictive analytics to forecast risk and outcomes
This post discusses the use of healthcare data analytics and predictive modeling to help clinicians and care managers anticipate patient health problems before they develop — and take early preventive actions.


#9 Meaningful population health – The need to go beyond EHRs for success
This blog post discusses the limitations of EHRs in an industry transitioning to a focus on population health management. Anil Jain, MD, and Watson Health Chief Health Informatics Officer, details how the industry can supplement EHRs with the use of technology platforms that can aggregate and analyze data from disparate sources.


#10 Population health management: Beyond the EHR
This white paper, related to the blog post above, discusses how traditional EHRs were not designed to anchor population health management. It explains how Watson Health supports the capabilities beyond the EHR.


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