• What is Population Health? - Summa Health

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    What is population health? http://www.summahealth.org

    We’ve all been there.

    You know, going from one doctor to the next, repeating your symptoms over and over again…

    Sitting on the phone waiting to make appointments, getting multiple tests and labs, then waiting for those results.

    The disconnected healthcare in this country is difficult and frustrating.

    Yeah, buddy, we feel ya.

    The current healthcare system is broken and unsustainable.

    That’s because it’s based on a model where hospitals and doctors are paid to treat illness, not promote healthy behaviors.

    But today there is a revolution taking place in healthcare, and Summa Health is leading the charge.

    Summa’s Population Health model is changing the healthcare equation to one focused on providing value by delivering higher quality care at lower costs.

    So, what is Summa’s Population Health?

    At the heart of it, it’s about the patient.

    We don’t just want to care for them when they’re sick; we want to keep them from getting sick.

    We do this with a team of clinicians not only work collaboratively in the treatment of a patient, but also with the patient to make healthy lifestyle changes.

    And the use of electronic medical files and other technology allows for better, more efficient, communication.

    Building on this, we will aim to improve the health of our community by proactively reaching out to patients, seeing how they are doing even at home, and using population health approaches to reach large groups of patients.

    All this will help us reduce the total cost of care for everyone--by keeping patients healthy, providing better outcomes through standardization of care and best practices, and avoiding duplicate testing and unnecessary referrals.

    We believe these changes will establish Summa as the leading healthcare provider in our region. And nobody is better positioned to improve the health of this community.

    A better patient experience, healthier communities and more affordable healthcare for all. That’s Summa’s Population Health vision. Show less
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