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Today’s population health IT tools are poised for irrelevancy, informaticist says

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Adrian Zai, MD, made a bold prediction about the current crop of IT products that enable population health management: “Suddenly you will find that all of the health IT tools companies call population health today will be irrelevant because the data they look at can only see what goes through a hospital, which is far too narrow in scope.”

Zai, the clinical director of population informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is referring to a point in time when population health truly becomes population health and healthcare organizations by and large find themselves technologically unequipped to deal with the new reality.

The next issue facing population health efforts is studying real-time data – not stale claims data – of a significantly broadened population, he added.

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