WAYNE, PA and BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - November 05, 2015) - Medecision, the leader in population health management and connected care solutions for risk-bearing entities like provider- and payer-sponsored ACOs, hospitals, IDNs and health plans; and customer Baystate Health, one of the largest health systems in New England, will co-host a key session on population health management at the HIMSS 2015 Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston, November 5-6, 2015. Larry Schor, senior vice president of corporate development and analytics at Medecision, and Neil R. Kudler, MD, vice president and chief medical information officer at Baystate Health, will present "Population Health is an Evidence-Based Team Sport," challenging attendees to apply baseball's "box score" concept to measure and track their population health management efforts.

Conference attendees include senior healthcare leaders in payer, hospital and physician practice organizations. The session topic bolsters the forum's overarching focus on analyzing and transforming data into actionable information to influence quality and cost and address the lack of proven population health management best practices. Highlighted in the movie "Moneyball," the Oakland A's evidence-based approach to winning featured box scores, statistical summaries of baseball games used for continual improvements. Schor and Dr. Kudler will provide a practical approach to treating population health management like a team sport by using box scores to work as a system, anticipate and prevent risk, and proactively adjust care management strategies.

"Without a roadmap or much proven success, it's difficult for many healthcare organizations to get population health initiatives off the ground -- or see any true results," said Dr. Kudler. "We view the box score concept as the simple solution to this issue, using credible data and analytics to actually see what's going on in a population in real time and responding accordingly."

The session aligns with the work Medecision and Baystate Health have done across its long-standing, collaborative partnership. Focusing on achieving successful population health management, the two organizations have:

  • Founded the TechSpring Innovation Center, a collaborative initiative enabling the development, testing and piloting of emerging technologies to improve health outcomes in Western Massachusetts; and
  • Developed a four-pillared approach to population health, focused on access, outreach, engagement and care quality improvements.

"The keys to successful population health are data transparency, communication and incentives, which drive systemic performance, outcomes and continuous improvement of care delivery and cost," said Schor. "These are the goals Medecision and Baystate have collectively been working toward and have seen results from; we are confident the box score concept will help others in the industry see population health success, too."

To participate in the conversation and discuss Schor and Dr. Kudler's session on social media during the conference, follow the event hashtag #PutData2Work and Medecision at @Medecision. For more information about Medecision, visit www.medecision.com.

About Medecision

Medecision is the leading provider of connected care technology and services for risk-bearing healthcare organizations including health plans, hospitals, thousands of physicians and millions of consumers. Working within the framework that patients, care providers and health plans are all driving towards better health outcomes, Medecision and its Aerial™ solution help connect all stakeholders to liberate the highest quality and most cost-efficient care.

As more organizations transition to accountable care and delegated risk management, Medecision continually applies its 25 years of experience, comprehensive technology platforms, significant investments in research and development, and the broadest implementation and clinical expertise to ensure consumers receive the best possible care. With Medecision as a business partner, health plans and care providers confidently manage through market changes, regulatory updates and new populations while improving quality and reducing costs.

About Baystate Health

Baystate Health is a not-for-profit, mission-driven, integrated health system serving a population of over 750,000 people in communities across western Massachusetts. With roots dating to the founding of Springfield City Hospital in 1873, Baystate Health has been providing skilled and compassionate health care in the Pioneer Valley for more than 140 years. Visit www.baystatehealth.org