Practice Fusion and AstraZeneca have announced a Population Health Management (PHM) program that arms the medical professionals of the Practice Fusion community with data-driven insights that can aid in their efforts to improve care for patients with asthma or COPD. Developed by Practice Fusion and sponsored by AstraZeneca, the program identifies patients whose current COPD or asthma care does not meet evidence-based clinical guidelines and subsequently alerts physicians at the point of care via patient charts within the EHR platform.

The alerts are based on clinical guidelines from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. As part of the program, a Practice Fusion news release notes that practitioners will also have access to a dashboard within the Practice Fusion EHR platform, which includes real-time and aggregate views of their patients’ health. Providers will also be able tom see the percentage of their patient populations with asthma and COPD in addition to the percentage of those patients whose care meets evidence-based clinical guidelines.

Clinicians will be able to compare their patient populations’ percentages with the median percentages of similar patient populations across all other providers using the Practice Fusion HER, according to Practice Fusion.

Ryan Howard, CEO and founder of Practice Fusion, states, “PHM programs like this empower our providers with data by giving them a quantified view into their patients’ health, which ultimately has the potential to help them identify at-risk patients and promote treatment compliance.”

John McCarthy, vice president of Global Commercial Excellence for AstraZeneca, says, “AstraZeneca has a strong and established commitment to respiratory disease and is squarely focused on understanding and helping to meet the needs of people facing serious health challenges like asthma and COPD. By supporting this important initiative, we believe that we can continue to make true progress in helping healthcare providers in their efforts to improve patient care.”

Source: Practice Fusion