Population Health

The Population Health program provides an organizational infrastructure (leadership, expertise and project management) to enable UC providers and the UC self-funded health plans to develop and implement a data-driven population health management strategy.

In recognition of the need for rapid transformation of health care delivery and the emergence of "big data," the Population Health function was established along with a related effort called the Center for Data-driven Insights and Innovation (CDI2). The Population Health function has partnered with the CDI2 to enhance and analyze previously siloed data that will unlock the answers to achieving a higher quality of care and lower cost.

The five academic health centers of University of California Health (UCH) that own or operate hospitals and faculty practices have different approaches and levels of ability to measure and improve quality, take risk and manage their patient populations to achieve positive outcomes while controlling cost. By comparing standards of care, outcomes and other data, our academic health centers and health plans will be able to identify best practices across the system to make decisions about care management that will improve patients’ health and prevent disease and injury. By providing patients the right level of care in the most appropriate setting, we will lead toward more appropriate utilization and reduce cost. These efforts will be critical to the continued financial success of UC’s academic health centers and UC as an employer taking on risk with its self-funded health plans.

A key part of this effort will also be to support and ensure appropriate coordination among existing system-wide initiatives that are focused on quality and population health. In the longer term, a key component of this initiative will be to collaborate with the research community to leverage our collective expertise and evidence-based knowledge to improve health across our UCH centers and communities.