Population Health Management (PHM)

Definition - What does Population Health Management (PHM) mean?

Population health management (PHM) is a system using data and analytics to evaluate and improve the health of population groups as a whole. The goal of population health management is to track health and wellness for all of society, rather than a single individual. In practice, population health management may focus on a single group of people, such as a particular workforce or a larger community. PHM relies on the aggregation of information and evaluation of evidence-based practices to analyze and evaluate performance goals.

WorkplaceTesting explains Population Health Management (PHM)

Population health management is concerned with both outcomes and measurement. In evaluating information for population health management researchers look at individual health outcomes and the distribution of those outcomes within a selected population in order to identify trends.

An example of population health management in the workplace is an employer's hearing conservation program. Employees identified for monitoring have their hearing tested on a regular basis to evaluate whether protective measures for the employee and the group as a whole are effective.

Population health management may also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments and health and wellness efforts.

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