Johns Hopkins’ ACG System is the world’s leading population health analytics software. For 30 years, it has continuously evolved, developing ever-more refined tools used by a variety of organizations, from commercial health plans and governments to health systems and large employers. We know better than anyone that population health analytics can be extremely technical and abstract, and given the diverse array of applications and features of the ACG System, we wanted to provide some current, real-world examples of its uses and functions. Read on for the latest and greatest on the ACG System at work.
ACG 101: What can the ACG System Do?
The beauty of the ACG System is its ability to combine data from an array of sources to reveal powerful insights. In addition to health records from primary and secondary care, the ACG System can also process non-clinical information such as socio-economic or functional living status. Essentially, the ACG System weaves these various forms of information together into a more complete picture of a population that goes beyond just medical records. The result? Highly customized data that reveals profound information about these populations. There are four main areas where the ACG System can provide robust analysis:
Population Profiling and Predictive Modeling
First and foremost, the ACG System can measure the prevalence of specific diseases or conditions in a certain group; this in turn can be used to forecast future use of healthcare. The System can take the analysis one step further and organize a population based on certain patterns of disease or healthcare utilization, too. The ACG System can help you plan for the future by painting a detailed health picture of your specific population.
Patient Case Management
The ACG System can identify patients with complex medical needs, highlighting those who may need preventative or educational services to manage their healthcare. Patients at high risk for future hospitalization, readmission, or high pharmacy use can be identified so that those risks can be addressed. The ACG System allows you to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your population’s unique healthcare needs.
Want to know if what you’re doing is working? The ACG System can help with all kinds of performance analyses, such as setting equitable benchmarks among providers, calculating care density ratios, or using propensity score matching for population sub-groups. The ACG System can provide you the essential feedback you need about your specific programs and initiatives.
Finance, Budgeting, and Resource Allocation
Lastly, the ACG System can estimate predicted use of resources and anticipate staffing resources and needs. It can also a identify opportunities to reduce waste and inefficiencies. In the end, the ACG System can help you optimize not only your population’s health, but also your bottom line.