If health care providers and payers want to improve population health management, they need disease registry tools, says David Howes, M.D., president and CEO at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland, Maine.
The organization operates nine family practices and two health plans, and registries help it understand the health status of patients and gaps in care. Martin’s Point uses the PopulationManager registry of Forward Health Group Inc. in Madison, Wis., to focus on chronic patients with diabetes, vascular disease, or chronic obstructive lung diseases.
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