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What does population health management have to do with PCNs?

 

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What does population health management have to do with PCNs?

You might think that population health is what general practice and primary care networks are all about, but the term population health management has a specific meaning.

It is about using all the data about the health of a population to anticipate health trends not just to plan treatment but to put in place measures to prevent illness. While it’s early days for PCNs, taking this holistic view of the health of their populations and adopting measures to improve local health outcomes will be one of the vital roles they play in future. In the latest in our series of podcasts, we talk to Dr Leigh Griffin of IBM Watson Health Consulting about the role of primary care in population health management and why, if we get it right, it will be an important enabler of the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions for integrated care.