A growing number of hospital systems, group practices, and individual health care providers are accepting financial risk for selected populations of patients. As these health systems shift attention to population health management, they are bolstering their leadership ranks with roles such as Chief Population Health Officer (CPHO) and Chief Accountable Care Officer (CACO). With so much at stake, these new executive roles underscore the importance of getting it right and doing it well. This begs the questions, “What challenges are ahead?” AND “What health information technologies are needed to overcome these challenges?” Hint: The answer goes beyond an electronic medical record and a clinical data warehouse.

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