Children's Health Alliance

The New Frontier:   Population Health Management for Pediatrics

by Deborah Rumsey & Julie Harris

The enormous amount of effort needed to customize clinical protocols and analytics technology to address the unique needs of children has made organizations reluctant to tackle population health in a pediatric environment,
opening up a new frontier in population health management (PHM).
Much of the effort nationwide in developing models and methods for PHM has focused on care for adult populations; however, these models often do not take into account issues that are relevant to pediatrics. In fact, many health systems treat children as though they are small adults, but their needs are very different. Managing conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, Down syndrome or multiple behavioral issues, requires different care approaches that adapt to the many developmental stages in a child’s life.
Rather than being able to rely on standard models or templates for managing their populations or implementing best practices, pediatrics organizations such as the Children’s Health Alliance (CHA)—a not-for-profit association of more than 100 independent primary care pediatricians in Oregon and southwest Washington—have had to do much of the groundwork themselves and have broken new ground in applying PHM principles to improving pediatric care.  Read more...