The healthcare landscape has rapidly changed in the past few years. Healthcare spend globally has been increasing as a proportion of GDP and the outlook is for further upward pressure due to ageing population and the increased incidence of chronic illness.
Focus in care delivery is shifting from a fee for service model to proactively managing the health of a population to achieve the Triple Aim: improve health outcomes, improve healthcare quality and lower healthcare costs. Fundamental to Population Health Management (PHM) is an information technology infrastructure for the acquisition and aggregation of health data to provide longitudinal patient records; information which can then be analyzed to provide actionable insights. The foundation of this is a system to manage, store and process the volume and velocity of health data, from multiple and growing sources, including claims, clinical, consumer and social data. The healthcare system of the future requires a solid IT infrastructure today.