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Ep. 130: Tim Putnam and Chelsea Bressers on Transforming Rural Health Care through Population Health Strategies | Listen Time: 14:33

Published on 6/18/2019

Nearly 20 percent of all Americans live in rural communities, but rural health care providers face several challenges that their urban counterparts don’t experience.

On this episode of "Perspectives on Health and Tech,Chelsea Bressers, senior director and sales leader at Cerner, talks to Tim Putnam, president and CEO of Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, Indiana, a hospital that serves more than 65,000 residents. Tim has over 30 years of health care experience and is president of the National Rural Health Association.

Tim answers the following questions:

  • What are the primary challenges that Margaret Mary Health faces?

  • What led your team to determine that it needed to develop a population health strategy? What was the process you went through to implement your strategy?

  • What are some of the key components of your population health strategy that have made it successful?

  • What role has technology played in Margaret Mary’s population health journey?

  • For organizations that may not have a population health technology platform, what strategies or initiatives could improve the overall health of their community?

  • How will your team continuously improve your population health strategy to make sure it’s meeting provider and patient needs?

“One rural hospital closes every month, 46% of rural hospitals have been identified as at-risk financially, and 700 rural hospitals have been marked for potential closure.” — Tim Putnam

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