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Recent Posts by Healthify Team:

Closing the Health Equity Gap

Reducing health disparities between low-income and affluent communities

In the last few years, the phrase “your zip code matters more than your genetic code” has floated around the healthcare industry and with sound reasoning too. In cities across the U.S., the average life expectancy is 15-20 years shorter in low-income communities than those in more affluent communities. Rates of preventable, chronic diseases are rising sharply in low-income neighborhoods and health gaps between low-income and affluent communities continue widen. These disparities in health are founded on a complex interplay of racial, economic, educational, and other social factors. But by partnering with community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health, health plans and health systems can dramatically improve health outcomes in their communities.

Topics: social determinants of health community resources

Healthify’s Platform Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

Certification validates Healthify’s commitment to protecting sensitive healthcare information

Healthify is excited and proud to announce that our platform is officially HITRUST CSF certified. The HITRUST CSF certification is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry.

Topics: social determinants of health sdoh technology

Understanding the Challenges of Coordinating Care Around Social Needs

Challenges healthcare organizations must face to develop strategies to achieve success in a value-based world

In recent years, we have seen significant shifts in the way we manage health in the U.S. As reimbursement models transition away from fee-for-service to value-based, there has been an increased focus on innovative models of care that integrate non-medical health factors such as food, housing, and transportation. These factors are often referred to as the social determinants of health (SDoH) and can account for up to 60% of our health. According to a 2017 report by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, 88% of hospitals are now screening for social needs. Also, the most recent Change Healthcare Annual Industry Pulse Report reveals that more than 80% of payers are already taking steps to promote value-based healthcare by addressing the social needs of their members.

Topics: webinar care coordination social needs

SUNY Downstate Medical Center Using Healthify to Empower Future Community Health Workers

 

The places where people live, learn, work, and play”, known as the social determinants of health (SDOH), have been estimated to contribute from 40%-60% of an individual’s health outcomes.  For some time it has been known that community health workers (CHWs) play a significant role in improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of care within a patient population. In fact, a report published by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health, in 2016, showed how targeted CHW programs achieved returns on investment ranging from $2.28 to $4.80 for every dollar spent. Due to such studies, insurers, managed care organizations (MCOs) and other large health institutions are placing a greater emphasis on SDOH and many have begun to manage them more robustly.

Topics: social determinants of health community-based organizations community health workers

3 Strategies for Taking a Community-Centered Approach to Care Coordination

At Healthify, we believe that health is a human right, and that health disparities are largely influenced by socioeconomic factors such as access to housing, food, education, and employment. These factors are commonly known as the social determinants of health.

Topics: social determinants of health community resources coordinated care health department

Food Insecurity: How Major Cities Are Managing $77.5 Billion

Studies have shown that there is a significant link between food insecurity and higher health care costs in the US. Those with food insecurity were found to incur an extra $1,863 in health care expenditures ($77.5 billion in additional health care expenses annually). And while we have previously written about the negative health effects of food insecurity and combatting food deserts in our blog, Healthify Insights, we have yet to dive deeply into the efforts that have been made to address this costly issue. As such, we have compiled fours years worth of Healthify's food insecurity data, enriched with data from the US Census Bureau and other publicly available sources, to understand the correlation between food insecurity and other socioeconomic factors across three metropolitan cities: Seattle; New York; and Philadelphia. Our report also investigates how food insecurity is being managed across these cities.

Topics: social determinants of health food insecurity social needs

How Healthify Uses Open Referral Standards to Strengthen Care Coordination

Data has been at the core of Healthify’s mission since we were founded five years ago. To address the social determinants of health, we must connect patients with resources in their community. To do that, we must have a resource provider directory that is extensive, hyper-local, and accurate. After years of investing in and refining our data curation process, we are now looking to the Open Referral project to help take our database to the next level.

Topics: social determinants of health Accountable Care Organizations care coordination

Social Determinants of Health and Physician Education

Healthcare in the United States ranks last out of 11 developed nations in the world (Citation 1). We lag far behind the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and seven other countries in access, equity, and health care outcomes. Yet, we spend more on healthcare than any of them. However, we spend much less on social services than any of the other 11 countries and therein lies the problem.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities health spending

Public Health and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars: Developing a Framework

One of the most persistent struggles in public health and safety in America over the past century has been the burden placed on the healthcare system by motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. While the numbers of deaths and injuries have been reduced since their peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when deaths averaged more than 50,000 people per year, motor vehicles are still responsible for more than 30,000 deaths and more than two million injuries per year in the United States.

Topics: public benefits public health ethics

The Declining Health of Rural America

Public health researchers have always posited that where you live has a significant impact on your health and well-being. While health outcomes between rural and urban America have historically been different, newly released data from the CDC shows that mortality rates in rural areas are actually plateauing or even increasing. Compared to people living in urban or suburban areas, rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), and stroke -- the five leading causes of death in the U.S.

Topics: rural care healthcare rural health