“Precision health” is a hot topic in healthcare today as a strategy for managing high-risk, high-cost patients. For example, two physicians who wrote in The American Journal of Managed Care last year argued creating “comprehensive data networks with information on medical claims, clinical factors (including genomics), and social determinants of health” would be required to more effectively manage higher-risk patients.
Such data networks would be enormously helpful in generating optimal outcomes for these challenging patients, but truly transforming care requires more than data and technology alone.
Care coordinators or care managers are the foundation for any accountable care organization (ACO) or other such integrated delivery networks for managing patient populations. Robust, integrated and artificial intelligence-powered information technology is certainly essential for helping these teams work efficiently and productively.