• Population Health is a Global Issue

    This year, the United Nations is changing its focus from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) our globe has been working on to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), confirming the fact that population health is a global issue. This shift will move us from being focused on certain diseases for specific groups of people to promoting health for the entire population. We are seeing this already in the United States as the Affordable Care Act and hospitals across the US are striving to improve population health.

    Population Health is a Global Issue

    Out of the 17 goals set forth by the SDGs, number three on the agenda is “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” The targets of this goal include things like:

    • Improving access to healthcare services, coverage, medications and vaccines, no matter a person’s income or geography
    • Reducing the number of deaths and illnesses caused by pollution and toxic chemicals in our air, water and soil
    • Controlling tobacco
    • Educating the population about health and risk management
    • Preventing diseases
    • Promoting good health instead of just treating issues
    • Controlling risk factors

    This is certainly a step in the right direction, but it won’t be easy. There are several action steps that are required to make these targets and goals possible:

    • Population health must become everyone’s concern, from the government to the hospitals to healthcare providers to the general population. The forth P in CarpeVITA’s CV4P™ model is Participation. This is key. If we don’t all participate, we can’t make global (or even national) health possible.
    • More emphasis must be put on treating patients before health conditions arise. At least in the U.S., this is not how we currently operate so it will require a whole new system to be put in place. New methods need to be utilized to prevent and even predict conditions before the fact.
    • An integrated approach is needed, with all facets of the healthcare continuum working together. The disjointed points of care must be coordinated through care, technology and every aspect to ensure seamlessness and a reduction in errors and redundancies.  
    • Improvements must be made in the effectiveness and quality of hospital care.
    • Governments needs to be more organized so that they can provide the motivation and leadership to put the resources that are needed into place for patients, healthcare providers and payers.

    What’s the Solution?

    CarpeVITA Health is already on this! Our CarpeVITA Health Networks provide integrated care through networks of authorized providers that work together to promote the health and wellness of our members. In a CV Health Network, the fragmented parts of the current healthcare system become coordinated; procedure-oriented care becomes outcome-oriented; reactive care becomes proactive care; and provider-payer conflicts become alignments.

    By providing a coordinated and convenient continuum of health services, we help people achieve their best health outcomes at an affordable price so that they can enjoy their best quality of life, restore health when possible and manage through periods of declining health. Our CV4P™ approach provides the bridge every healthcare professional and patient needs to Predict, Prevent, Personalize and Participate in their health by creating a customized roadmap to optimal wellness.

    Every service and product CarpeVITA provides is an essential part of our CV4P™ approach to health and wellness, allowing our members and healthcare providers to work together to produce the highest health outcomes. CV4P™ is about helping people reach and maintain wellness to improve population health and keep individuals, families, companies, communities and healthcare providers on the right track.

     

    Sources:

    http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/03/16/the-mdg-to-sdg-transition-implications-for-health-care-systems/

    http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/health/

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