As population health initiatives grow, technology is looming as an enabler of far-ranging efforts to achieve results.

For example, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, an accountable care organization serving 275,000 patients in north Texas, recently received a grant to hire 30 community health workers to reach out to some of the 63,000 patients in its Medicare Shared Savings Program. The targeted patients are those the organization has identified, via their medical records and claims data, as being at the highest risk of needing inpatient care or other costly interventions.

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