Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

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Health care providers turn to population health management

Conference replay: "We need to create that environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice, every time"

    A blood pressure cuff at MercyCare Health Partners in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (File photo: Liz Martin/The Gazette)
    Health Care
    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    If current obesity trends continue, one in eight Iowans will be diabetic by 2030. 

    One in four will have heart disease. 

    “Think about your family dinner table," said Becky Wampler, director of health care sustainability with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "If you have eight people around your table, this is now in your home.”

    The prevalence of obesity and related conditions is just one reason why the health care industry is turning to population health management, which uses data to try and make health care more effective on both community and personal levels. 

    Wampler said population health management has three components: personal accountability, a person's environment and the network of health care providers.

    “We need to create that environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice, every time," she said. 

    At Iowa Ideas 2017, September 20-22 in Cedar Rapids, a group of panelists from across the state gathered to discuss the latest trends and challenges in population health.  

    Panelists included: 

    • Louise Lex, health planner with the Iowa Department of Public Health

    • Becky Wampler, director of health care sustainability with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

    • Jami Haberl, executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

    • Shelley Horak, clinical project manager at Telligen

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    Listen to the full replay to hear: 

    • How organizations in Iowa - including rural Iowa - are bringing population health to their communities

    • Why providers need to communicate and work together differently

    • How social needs and non-medical needs can impact overall health

    • Why public sector’s “state innovation model” is working to standardize the measurement of social determinants in Iowa

    Read more from the Iowa Ideas magazine: Iowa hospitals work to treat complex, low-income patients through population health management

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