Multiple, disparate definitions for population health management abound. Yet, population health management should be defined the same way public health was defined years ago by C.-E.A. Winslow, founder of the Yale Department of Public Health, as:
“the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.”
Source: Health Catalyst. https://www.healthcatalyst.com/population-health/
… population health management. What is it?
Basically an effort to describe a systematic, whole population focus to improving the management of risks in a population.
[It] May be described by geography, by presenting health need, communities or pops [sic] of interest but certainly not in a service orientated way. We won’t make much progress if we act with institutional approaches.
Source: Fell G (2017) Five capabilities for population health management. December 14, 2017. https://gregfellpublichealth.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/capabilities-for-population-health-management/
Two examples of the term in use:
… population health management focused on individuals has a place (for example, through ‘making every contact count’), but needs to be underpinned and complemented by interventions designed to tackle the underlying social, economic and environmental determinants of health across populations … .
Alderwick H, Ham C, Buck D (2015) Population Health Systems. Going beyond integrated care. February 2015. Page 5. The King’s Fund. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/field_publication_file/population-health-systems-kingsfund-feb15.pdf
Berkshire West’s approach to population health management will ensure it is better placed to understand the needs of the local population as a whole and identify those most at risk of chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease, so that appropriate care can be offered as early as possible.
NHS England (no date) Integrated Care. Integrated Care Systems. Berkshire West. Looking ahead. https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/integrated-care-systems/berkshire-west-ics/looking-ahead/