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Northwest pediatrician group develops population health tool


By Bob Herman
Posted: August 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm ET
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A group of independent pediatricians in Oregon and Washington has launched an analytical tool that will connect physicians with the full scope of a child's health history.

The Children's Health Alliance, a not-for-profit association of 105 pediatricians, will offer the technology starting in September, with a full rollout coming by the end of the year, said Deborah Rumsey, executive director of CHA. The group developed the project with Wellcentive, a population health tech company based in Roswell, Ga.

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The population health tool figuratively sits on top of an electronic health record, Rumsey said. It pulls in claims and clinical data about children, helps physicians and care managers develop care plans, and allows access to various pediatric disease registries. It also creates alerts for the patient’s care team, such as sending reminders when a child needs an immunization.

“Tools and resources are available to adults and focused on the adult conditions,” Rumsey said. “There’s always a gap in translating that to what happens to children.”

Groups wanting to use the tool will pay an annual license fee. CHA expects the tool will help provide more seamless preventive care for children, lowering costs in the process.

“Population health tools that bring information together and facilitate the sharing of well-coordinated care plans have the potential to create a collective impact on health outcomes,” Dr. Jay Rosenbloom, a pediatrician and medical director at Children’s Health Alliance, said in a statement. “Keeping everyone involved with the child’s health goals and care plan improves the care experience and reduces health system duplication and inefficiency.”

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