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Connecting Medical Care and Social Service Needs: Chicago Health Leaders Take Charge

August 21, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In Chicago, a group of healthcare leaders have been working on creating a seamless and purposeful link for sharing data between social services agencies and patient-centered medical homes.

San Diego Connects the Dots to Create Social Snapshot of Clients

August 21, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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As cities look to connect social service agencies and health systems, the Community Information Exchange in San Diego is a model to emulate.

At BIDCO, a “Pharmacy First” Approach to Population Health is Driving Promising Results

July 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization deployed a unique “pharmacy first” approach specifically to its Rising Risk Management program with the aim of achieving improved health outcomes in months, not years.

HSX, Food Alliance Partnership Extends Data-Sharing to Food, Nutrition

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Philadelphia-based Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) has become a participating member of HealthShare Exchange (HSX), which enables the food alliance to receive important medical updates from HSX on its clients.

The Rocky Path to Value for Medicaid Programs—and HIT’s Key Role in Making It All Work

July 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Medical researchers share some insights on the broad range of challenges facing the pioneers attempting to move Medicaid towards value-based payment incentives, including around the key role that HIT and data analytics will play in success

SHIEC Establishes Social Determinants Committee

July 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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SHIEC has established a Social Determinants Committee, with the core aim to help SHIEC better focus on identifying and linking social determinants of health data and best practices between societal sectors across the country.

The Value of Deploying a Social Determinants Screening Tool in EHR

July 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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Michael Hanak, M.D., associate chief medical informatics officer at Rush University in Chicago, described the social determinants of health screening implementation at Rush.

UW-Madison Unveils Platform that Maps Neighborhood Disadvantages Impacting Health

June 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have developed an accessible, online, interactive map of more than 70 million Zip+4 zip codes so that users can find data on socio-economic factors at the neighborhood level.

Intermountain-Led Collaborative to Focus on Social Determinants of Health

June 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A new collaborative called the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health (the Alliance) has been formed to promote health, improve health care access, and decrease health care costs.

Multi-Sector Health Transformation Partnerships Rely on Data Sharing, Analytics to Measure Progress

June 28, 2018  |  David Raths
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The June 17 shooting at a Trenton, N.J., Arts All Night event that injured 22 people, 17 of them by gunfire, was a tragic reminder of the challenges the city faces and of the importance of multi-sector efforts to solve societal and public health problems.

Can We Get to the Next Level When It Comes to Quality Measures for the Care of Patients with Complex Needs?

June 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A commentary posted online on Tuesday on the Health Affairs website makes important points about the landscape around the measurement of quality in the context of care for patients with complex needs

Report: SDoH Tech Market is in Its Infancy, but Adoption Will Triple in Five Years

June 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Adoption of social innovation technology for healthcare is poised to triple over the next five years, according to a market research report by Patchwise Labs, as the shift to value-based care requires health systems to address the social determinants of health (...

In Catalonia, Health IT Governance Rises Above the Political

June 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of the TICSalut Foundation, the government agency that manages healthcare IT management and development for the entire region of Catalonia in northeast Spain, are moving forward on a broad range of fronts

Anatomy of a Successful Telehealth Program

June 5, 2018  |  Pamela Tabar
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What does it take to build a successful telehealth program that harnesses the technology capabilities for digital health while gaining the outcomes the local population truly need? Hospital systems might want to take a look at what’s going on in Tallahassee.

Study: Addressing Patients’ Social Barriers Reduces Healthcare Spending

May 30, 2018  | 
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A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health, Tampa, reports that healthcare spending is substantially reduced when people are successfully connected to social services that address social barriers.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Data Expands to 500 Cities

May 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most...

Kaiser Joins CityHealth Initiative

May 14, 2018  |  David Raths
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Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, is joining the CityHealth initiative, which promotes nine evidence-based policies addressing issues that have a major effect on health, such as affordable housing, education, and clean air.

Digital Health Innovators are Setting their Sights on Medicaid—Can the Private Sector Improve Healthcare?

May 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Digital health innovators and entrepreneurs are setting their sights on the Medicaid market. Can private sector-led innovation significantly improve care for vulnerable and complex patients?

Slavitt to Lead New Venture Firm with Eye on Transforming Care for Vulnerable Populations

May 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new venture capital firm, led by Andy Slavitt, a former CMS Administrator, “will seek to invest in healthcare technology and service companies transforming care delivery to America’s most vulnerable populations.

At the HLTH Conference, Former CMMI Director Patrick Conway Looks Back, and Forward

May 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Patrick Conway, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was interviewed as part of a general session at the HLTH Conference—looking back on his tenure as CMMI Director, and forward into the future

For One North Carolina ACO, a Social Determinants-Driven Strategy is Reaping Results

May 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Mission Health Partners, an Asheville, North Carolina-based Medicare ACO, a unique care coordination approach, focused on addressing the social and environmental issues underlying patients' health problems, has proven successful.

At the World Health Care Congress, a Probing Discussion of the Shift Towards Value

April 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The shift towards a value-based healthcare system in U.S. healthcare is going to be rocky, industry leaders agreed, during a panel Monday at the World Health Care Congress

At World Health Care Congress, An Inspirational Interest in Better Understanding Social Determinants of Health

April 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the 15th annual World Health Care Congress, leaders of various organizations across the healthcare ecosystem stressed the importance of understanding and acting on social determinants of health so that outcomes could be improved and costs lowered.

Seven PA Health Systems Partnering on Healthy Food Access Pilot

April 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Seven health systems in the Philadelphia are are partnering with community organizations, public health departments and insurers on a Healthy Food Access Pilot aimed at addressing food insecurity in the region.

Combining Criminal Justice, Health Data Creates New Opportunities for Meaningful Interventions

April 17, 2018  |  David Raths
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Cross-sector data analysis found that a small number of Camden, N.J., residents have a disproportionate impact on the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, neither of which is designed to address the underlying problems those residents face.

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

In Southern Colorado, a Technology-Driven Initiative is Helping to Fill in the Gaps for Underserved Patients

April 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Community Health Partnership has been making strides to provide integrated care for high-risk populations in its Southern Colorado communities, with a focus on collaboration and whole-person care coordination, powered by technology.

Community Health Leaders Share Their Progress on Integrating SDoH Data into Healthcare

April 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Many community-based organizations are advancing forward in their efforts to use health IT to collect, standardize and integrate social and behavioral health data, as detailed during a panel discussion at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit last week.

Survey: Healthcare Providers Report Slow Progress on Population Health Goals

April 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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While most healthcare executives agree that population health is the future, most organizations have failed to keep pace with anticipated progress, indicating a growing gap between intentions and progress for provider adoption of value-based practices, according...

Lyft Pushes Further into Medical Transportation with Acuity Link Partnership

March 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Lyft, the ride-sharing startup, has inked a deal with Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts-based Acuity Link, a medical transportation logistics management business, to give hospitals and other healthcare providers expanded options for patients’ non-emergency medical...

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