By Jamie Martin, Marketing & Communications Manager

There’s nothing like a HIMSS event to get you pumped up about the value and potential of health IT, and this week’s Pop Health Forum in Chicago was no exception – and not just because our Chief Technology Officer Brian Richmond and I were among the presenters.

The Pop Health Forum promised – and delivered – a deep dive into data and analytics, care coordination and patient engagement, the three primary pillars of any successful population health strategy. Brian and I were privileged to be among the many outstanding speakers at the Pop Health Forum, and we were excited by the positive response to our presentation of Louisiana’s successful efforts to reduce avoidable ED utilization and increase patient engagement.

But we were even more excited by the opportunity to learn about other successful population health strategies currently underway across the country. Among my personal favorites:

Of course, there were many other great presentations (there always are when it’s a HIMSS event), but the thread that tied them all together was clear: we truly can make meaningful, lasting improvements in population health. Perhaps the strategies we employ to make these improvements begin with small steps, but even the smallest of steps can take us somewhere new.