Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) was awarded the 2018 AMGA–Optum Award for Innovation in Population Health on March 8, 2018, during AMGA’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Sponsored by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and national health services and innovation firm, Optum, the award recognizes pioneering work in the field. Populytics, Inc., wholly-owned subsidiary of LVHN, and regional population health management and analytics firm, spearheads the innovative work that made receipt of the award possible. According to sponsors, it is “a direct attestation to the positive outcomes LVHN and Populytics have had in improving the health of patients, as well as advancing the business model for population health.”

Working in concert with LVHN for more than five years, Populytics uses its proprietary data analytics system to derive insights that positively impact quality of care, efficiency of resources, and care delivery at LVHN’s multi-campus health system.

“Populytics has created a system of clinically based predictive modeling, built on the Optum One population health analytics platform, to implement improvements in care,” says Gregory G. Kile, Chief Insurance Officer at LVHN and President and CEO of Populytics. “LVHN care coordination/population health teams use the data insights to prioritize outreach, tailor care for patients with chronic health conditions, and to avert hospitalization and ED visits. The ultimate goal is better health, care, and value for all patients.”

Nina Taggart, MD, MA, MD, MBA, FAAO, Senior Medical Director of Accountable Care at the LVHN-aligned Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization (LVPHO), accepted the AMGA-Optum award on behalf of LVHN and Populytics. She is one of many individuals who have been directly involved in creating and implementing the process by which Populytics’ data is interpreted and applied. “Insights from our data give LVHN physicians information they can use to directly affect patient care, and that is the key to achieving our goals in population health,” says Dr. Taggart. “We support clinicians’ efforts on many levels through LVPHO, which partners with Populytics in analytics as well as clinical integration and care coordination.”

Populytics’ data has been instrumental in making measurable improvements at LVHN, and in creating a culture of higher quality and value for its patients and medical providers. Some highlights include a drop in emergency department utilization (down 7.3% in 2017); a drop in emergency department utilization for end stage renal disease (down 27%); and significant savings from pharmaceutical stewardship (almost $1 million).

For more information on Populytics’ data, read the latest Progress Report here.

(Pictured above from left, John Cuddeback, Chief Medical Information Officer, AMGA; Nina Taggart, MD, MA, MD, MBA, FAAO, Senior Medical Director of Accountable Care, LVPHO; and Alejandro Reti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Analytics)