Explain why there is a need for a combined population health management system

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Unit 1: Discussion – Collaboration


You are an analyst at an accountable care organization that has recently been formed due largely to state funding that was allocated to improve population health and management. You are planning to invite stakeholders to a presentation to explain why there is a need for a combined population health management system. This system will collect de-identified patient data into one central repository that can be used to analyze and even predict population health trends.

You are creating a memo inviting each of the stakeholders to participate. In this memo, you will explain key population health ideas so they understand why their contribution is essential and why they should plan to attend the meeting. This requires you to create buy-in across multiple organizations: County hospital, medical school (provides ambulatory care services via physicians, residents, fellows, and medical students), a private for-profit healthcare system, and a Medicare Advantage Plan through United Healthcare.

In creating this memo, you will need to demonstrate why it is essential for collaboration to occur which may feel counterintuitive to the for-profit entities for example. Plan to explain what the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim initiative is. You will also need to explain why each entity is actually a stakeholder in Population Health and why everyone should be prepared to consider contributing their information in an attempt to explain Population Health, Population Health Improvement, and Population Health management. 


  • Peer responses should not be attached to a posting but should be typed directly into the discussion thread.
  • Should outside sources be used to support the content within the postings, proper in-text citations and correctly formatted references should be prepared consistent with the APA (6th edition).
  • The list of references should be physically positioned at the end of the postings.
  • Refer to Assignments and Grading for more information.

Discussion Due Dates


Online Students

Blended Students

Initial post

Five (5) hours prior to the scheduled class session.

Two peer responses

Initial Post: 
Based on their observations, in this scenario, and upon a careful review of the available literature, the student is to:

  1. Consider him or herself to be the analyst at an accountable care organization.
  2. The student is to prepare a formal memo which will go out to the leadership team of each stakeholder.
  3. As a reminder, the student must convince the stakeholders to at least attend a meeting for which the analyst will give a separate presentation.
  4. Peer Responses: It is important that healthcare managers become comfortable receiving and giving constructive criticisms since this is an important component in one’s professional growth and development and a core competency for leaders. You are expected to read the initial posting of at least TWO peers, and then provide thoughtful comments addressing the following:
  5. Point out what you perceived to be the strengths of the initial posting along with supporting rationale.
  6. Identify specific opportunities for improvement with regard to the content in the initial posting. Furthermore, you should provide a supporting rationale for your stated position, as well as concrete suggestions and guidance intended to strengthen the effectiveness of the content.

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