LUMC-Campus Den Haag committed to healthier region17 January 2019• NEWSITEM
How can we use population health management to help the citizens of The Hague to become and stay healthy? This was the key question at the 5th working conference of LUMC Campus The Hague on Tuesday 15 January. Over 150 medical doctors, researchers, teachers, care professionals, managers and policy-makers discussed the application of population health management in the Haaglanden area. Keynote speakers were Jet Bussemaker and Stephen Sutch.
The city of The Hague has a highly diverse population showing large variations in health and socioeconomic status. Major health gains can be achieved especially in the deprived districts. Population health management provides an approach for a new regional collaboration between policy-making, management and care. LUMC-Campus Den Haag is the academic partner in this collaboration and brings care, science and care innovation together through research and education.
More than 20 research projects
LUMC-Campus Den Haag is conducting more than 20 research projects that aim to improve the health of the population of The Hague and its surroundings. LUMC-Campus Den Haag takes up a networking function. Specialists from various disciplines can meet and share their expertise via the Campus. This was also clear in the speed dates at the project fair during the conference.
During the speed date of HIP-CARE, a medical researcher and a general practitioner engaged a lively discussion about the use of data in healthcare. HIP-CARE is a project investigating why one in four people who fracture their hip die within a year.
To answer this question, the researchers involved in this project are collecting big data via patients, general practitioners, hospitals and geriatric rehabilitation centres. The data can be used to develop new treatment methods that are better suited to the personal situation and the individual. In doing so LUMC-Campus Den Haag takes up the role of researcher and 'Academic Trusted Advisor'.
Jet Bussemaker and Stephen Sutch
During the plenary session, Stephen Sutch touched on the essence of the working conference. “Population health management uses an enormous amount of data”, he explained to his audience. “By analysing patient data, e-health and statistics from multiple sources, we have gained a more accurate depiction of the socioeconomic status and living conditions of patients. In the past, these factors were never taken into account when we discussed clinical or healthcare issues, but they are essential for the development of new healthcare interventions. This is why population health management is not so much about organisations and silos, but about the individual.”
Professor Jet Bussemaker elaborated on Sutch’ lecture. She added that it is important to involve the local people as much as possible in population health management. An example of how to achieve this is by ‘citizen science’. This refers to new methods of involving local people in neighbourhoods in discussions about healthcare problems and solutions. Such a co-creation between researchers and citizens leads to an essential, new type of science and knowledge at a regional and local – neighbourhood or district -level. “We used to say: the Netherlands is changing and therefore our healthcare must change too. But that’s not enough. It should also be more tailored to the individual”, according to Bussemaker. “This requires a new interdisciplinary collaboration in which science is linked to societal challenges and in which the citizens have a say too.”
Launch of the MOOC ‘Fundamentals of Population Health Management’
In addition to scientific research, LUMC-Campus wants to increase its role in medical and other education. To this end, a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled ‘Fundamentals of Population Health Management’ was launched during the working conference. This free course is the first in a series of nine online lectures that will appear later this year. The MOOC covers aspects such as data analysis, integrated care options and optimal organisational conditions.
Do you want more information about this MOOC? Please read the recently issued newsflash.