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How to succeed in population health management by strategic alliances

Authors:

Evelien Heinrich ,

Robuust, NL
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Sandra de Loos

Robuust, NL
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Background: The quality of the Dutch health care system is found to be one of the best systems in the world. At the same time, it is one of the most expensive systems. Driven from the ambition to create a more sustainable high-quality system, various attempts are made to find efficient strategies to stimulate population health. One of which is population health management (PHM) in which health needs of a specific population are starting point for fundamental changes to the system in order to create value and optimize health outcomes. There is no doubt that PHM only succeeds by cooperation between public health, health and social care. In different areas in The Netherlands strategic alliances originated in which local organisations work together towards population health by PHM.

Aims & objectives: From our extensive experience with different alliances, we aim to share lessons learned as it comes to population health management. We will address questions like: ‘What does it take to make such alliances a success?’ and ‘Which factors work counterproductive?’ We talk about leadership, the importance of a sense of urgency and more in general about change management.

Target audience: Everyone participating in regional alliances working on creating new systems based on population health management. Health care and social care professionals, and strategic and directing managers working across public health, health and social care.

A few of our learnings: One important lesson we’ve learned in the past few years when it comes to population health by means of integrating care is the importance of bridging language differences between different domains like health care and social care. Furthermore, to have a significant impact at system or population level, alliances benefit from a narrow focus. A bundling of coherent actions is needed while we often experience a tendency to carry out single actions towards all kinds of different problems. In addition, we found that placing population needs at the heart of the collaborative process of alliances seems effective in overcoming interest of individually participating organisations. It is therefore that we put great value on exploring population needs instead of jumping into action by starting concrete projects.  

How to Cite: Heinrich E, de Loos S. How to succeed in population health management by strategic alliances. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2018;18(s2):27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.s2027
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Published on 23 Oct 2018.

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