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OpenNotes and Patient Engagement in a Safety-Net Environment: One MD Informaticist’s Journey

February 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Anshu Abhat, M.D., M.P.H., director of patient engagement in information technology at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, is helping to lead an exciting initiative to enhance patient engagement in a safety-net public hospital environment

Medicaid ACOs Experiment with Social Determinant Requirements

February 15, 2018  |  David Raths
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State governments are experimenting with requirements and incentives for Medicaid accountable care organizations to address social determinants of health.

Why Geisinger’s “Fresh Food Farmacy” Initiative Could Turn Out To Be a Nationally Replicable Model

February 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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It was very encouraging to read about the Geisinger “Fresh Food Farmacy” program, which is giving away healthy foods to diabetic patients, and moving forward strategically to improve their health status—using a model that could prove replicable nationwide

Franciscan Health, Circulation Partner on Non-Emergency Transportation

February 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Franciscan Alliance, whose hospitals operate under the name of Franciscan Health, has partnered with Circulation to offer non-emergency medical transportation in an effort to reduce 30-day readmissions following patients’ discharges from inpatient stays.

Can a Prescription for Fresh Food Treat Diabetes? At Geisinger, an Informatics-Driven Project Is Showing Promising Results

February 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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With the aim of addressing food insecurity and to improve patients’ diabetes management, Geisinger launched a Fresh Food Farmacy initiative to give away fresh, healthy food to diabetes patients, supported by robust data analytics and digital technology.

Penn State Creates Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research

February 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In December, University Park, Pa.-based Penn State announced plans to invest $2 million in its top strategic priorities, and one of 12 seed grants has been awarded to a pilot project to use big data to advance biomedical research and precision health.

Texas HIE Launches Local Pilot Project to Integrate Social Determinants Data

February 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Two Texas-based organizations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. and HASA, the statewide HIE for San Antonio and parts of North, Central and South Texas, have launched a pilot project that will, for the first time locally, link social...

NQF Issues Guidance for Medicaid Programs to Collect, Share Social Determinant Data

January 25, 2018  |  David Raths
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The National Quality Forum has outlined a systematic approach for Medicaid programs to better support efforts to collect and use data about social determinants of health.

Looking at the Very, Very Big Picture: A Health Affairs Study of Multi-Sector Health Initiatives

January 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A team of researchers has analyzed community-wide health improvement initiatives, and uncovered a host of challenges that must be overcome, on the journey into community health improvement

Five DASH Pilots Seek to Catalyze Efforts to Share, Use Multi-Sector Data

January 4, 2018  |  David Raths
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Five communities have received grants to participate in a 6-month pilot initiative designed to help local collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health.

Market Profile: A MediCal Managed Care Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing San Diegans

January 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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In looking at the San Diego metro market, an important perspective is that of the MediCal (Medicaid) managed care viewpoint of that healthcare market; Community Health Group’s Joseph Garcia shares his views on the challenges and opportunities going ahead
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