Over a decade ago, the term “population health” was little more than a buzzword. Today, however, it dominates much of modern healthcare: For example, we now know more about how demographics and social determinants of health make Eastern Europeans six times more likely to die from heart disease than their counterparts in Western Europe.
The concept of population health clearly isn’t new, but technological advances over the last 15 years — think artificial intelligence or the health-related applications we use every day — have propelled it to the forefront of local and global healthcare initiatives. We now have a much clearer picture of how certain health concerns affect entire swathes of populations and the resources needed to overcome these issues.
The more we integrate emerging technologies into the healthcare system, the more advanced our understanding of population health will become. We will also be able to treat segments of the population with greater efficiency than ever before.
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