Dr. Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, talks about the importance of secondary prevention, using electronic health record surveillance, to create new interventions that allow health systems to better serve their populations.
How do we make sure that people are coming to their appointments when they need to, so that they can manage their disease well and not end up in the emergency room? How can we look at developing new interventions that help address social determinants and other factors that may be preventing people from getting insulin or maintaining their medications? We hear about these stories all the time, about people who are choosing food over medicine or succumbing to the larger societal issues. We’re involved in several initiatives that are looking at how can we best use EHR data in order to examine these issues so that health systems can play their part in making populations healthy, and that means a focus on secondary prevention.