Population Health Information Technology

Population health management is a foundational component of value-based health care, and population health management technology tools can support small rural hospitals and rural health clinics and care systems in managing the preventive and chronic care of their patient populations. As rural health organizations look toward strategies to address population health, there are a variety of opportunities to utilize the technology-based tool to improve patient outcomes and help reduce the total cost of care. 

For busy rural health leaders, time is a key limitation, and awareness and understanding of technology-based tools and opportunities for their use in supporting population health strategies may often fall to the bottom of a to-do list. 

This collection will provide rural health organizations a jump-start to understanding current trends in health information technologies and their potential for supporting rural population health strategies as part of transitioning to VBC. Viewers will also discover how to assess the potential use of tools that align with population health goals, as well as considerations for planning the next steps. 

Upon viewing the collection, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe current trends and opportunities for small rural hospitals and rural health clinics to use information technology (IT) tools to support VBC population health strategies
  • Assess potential use of IT tools to support VBC population health goals
  • Identify a plan for next steps regarding the potential use of technology tools in your organization

Leaders in the following roles that are engaged or expected to be engaged in the transition to VBC will benefit from this collection including executive teams, health information technology, quality and safety, clinicians, and others interested in population health strategies. 

It is recommended that the resources be accessed in the following order: 

  1. Supporting Succes in Rural Value-Based Care
  2. Technologies for Successful Population Health Management
  3. Using Technology to Translate Population Insights into Excellent Patient-Level Care
  4. Bringing It All Together

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U5ERH39345 as part of a financial assistance award totaling $800,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.