What Is PHATE?
The Population Health AssessmenT Engine, PHATE(TM) is a population health mapping tool commissioned by the ABFM and developed in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. PHATE provides clinicians with a fuller understanding of their patient population in the context of their community.
PHATE utilizes patient data from the PRIME Registry to assign a social deprivation risk score called a Community Vital Sign to an individual patient based on the characteristics of the census tract in which the patient lives.
The PHATE dashboard, which includes the My Community tool and the Community Hotspots tool, visually connects the geography of the practice or clinician’s service area, based on patient visit data from the EHR, to the social deprivation levels in that area.
My Community calculates and maps the practice or clinician service area. The Community Vital Sign is visually represented by color-coding, while clicking on a specific area of the map, or entering a location in the search bar, displays the details of the social deprivation risk scoring for that area, along with live links to a database of community-based organizations and resources to address those needs based on the selected census tract or area.
Community Hotspots uses patient data from the practice EHR to display geographic clusters of disease, and poorly managed disease, in the patient population, while simultaneously displaying the social deprivation levels in those geographic areas.