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Editor's e-Note
The burgeoning niche of population health is top of mind for many health care executives. First and foremost comes the decision about whether to take the plunge. Once the go-ahead is secured comes the tricky part: choosing a vendor.

This month’s E-News Exclusive examines the selection process, focusing on the need to establish organizational priorities.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Population Health Management Vendor Selection — Taming the Wave
By Tonya Edwards, MD

As more organizations embrace population health management as a strategy to succeed in the emerging new paradigm of value-based payment, many are facing the next big question: “What tools do I need to support population health?” They are turning to population health management software solutions to fill these needs, but picking the right one can be a big challenge.

There are currently more than 100 population health management vendors. Some have had decades of experience in managing populations. Others are very recent entries, hoping to ride the tidal wave of interest. The current market is immature and highly evolving and as of yet no clear vendor/product market leader is emerging. Part of the reason for that is that the market is still trying to define population health management. What it takes to manage an accountable care organization (ACO) is still unclear. Most population health management vendors have entered and continue to have strengths primarily either on the analytics side or on the care management side. Few do both well. Few vendors have a multitude of existing clients.

Here are some steps you can take to select the vendor that is the right fit for your organization.

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