Healthify Blog

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz is the Content Marketing Manager at Healthify. She engages with our audience and promotes our mission and values through our digital assets.

Recent Posts by Stephanie Diaz:

Reducing Health Disparities In Minority Communities Through Community Partnerships

April is Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Active and Healthy”

April is minority health month, and while minority communities continue to increase in population size, the unfortunate truth is that these groups often face significant health disparities. Research shows that health disparities among racial and ethnic groups serve as a barrier to health equity across a range of diseases.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities minority health month minority health

How ICD-10 Codes Can Improve the Identification of SDoH and the Delivery of Care

Healthcare organizations are leveraging ICD-10 codes to identify and address SDoH

Earlier today, UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced a new collaboration to improve the way the social determinants of health are identified and addressed to improve access to care and patient outcomes. Through the new partnership, UnitedHealthcare and the AMA aim to standardize the collection, processing and integration of SDoH data.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health

Healthify's Latest White Paper Is Here! The Impact of SDoH on Health Plans: Legacy Challenges and Innovative Solutions

Topics: social determinants of health health spending white paper

The Critical Role of SDoH Data in Value-Based Contracts

How SDoH data can support the transition to value-based care

Topics: social determinants of health

Healthify's Latest White Paper Is Here! Overcoming Obstacles: Challenges & Solutions for Providers Addressing SDoH

Healthify is pleased to announce our latest white paper, “Overcoming Obstacles: Challenges and Solutions for Providers Addressing SDoH”, is now available. This white paper explores some of the central challenges providers face when addressing SDoH for their communities and high-level solutions to overcome them.

Topics: white paper

The Effects of Housing Insecurity on Health Outcomes and Costs

Can supportive housing programs help lower costs and improve health outcomes?

Over the past 15 years, research has revealed a consistent link between housing and health. A lack of stable, affordable and adequate housing can have severe implications for a patient’s health. Substandard living conditions influence many of the most serious chronic health problems. Housing that is safe, clean and adequately maintained can reduce the likelihood of adverse health outcomes by decreasing the probability of preventable conditions like injuries, neurotoxicity or asthma and it can also reduce the costs associated with care.

Topics: social determinants of health homeless health spending

Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Decrease Healthcare Expenditures

How identifying and addressing SDoH can reduce rising healthcare costs and improve quality of care 

Over the last 50 years, health expenditure growth has more than doubled and continues to rise rapidly, while rates of chronic diseases also continue to increase. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health spending is projected to rise by 5.5% this year and will continue to rise over the next decade. The rise marks a sharp increase from last year’s spending, which is estimated to have been around 4.6%, almost $3.5 trillion. The increase in healthcare expenditures can be attributed to several factors including rising costs associated with medical goods and services, shifts in income growth, Medicaid and Medicare.

Topics: social determinants of health population health vulnerable populations

The Implications of Fragmentation in Care

Minimizing the Dangers and Costs of Fragmentation In Care with Coordinated Care Models

Patient Story: Mrs. F

Mrs. F is a 60-year-old woman with diabetes and severe osteoporosis. She spends most of her time bedridden, uses a walking frame to walk, and has moderate memory problems. Her PCP prescribes her multiple medications but she also sees several specialists who are not affiliated with her PCP.

Topics: social determinants of health care coordination social needs

The Effects of Food Insecurity on Health Outcomes and Costs

Over the last 25 years, research has shown that social determinants of health have powerful effects on health outcomes, particularly food insecurity. Those who are food-insecure lack access to affordable and healthy foods, which has adverse effects on health and development. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes a subsidiary concern when there are multiple unmet social needs to address but social service programs offered by community partners can help address those unmet needs.

Topics: social determinants of health community-based organizations food insecurity

Social Determinants of Health Over the Last 20 Years

Healthify announces our new Vice President of Sales, Jim Devlin. Jim joins us from IBM Watson Health, where he served as the Area Vice President and drove $24 million in annual contract revenue. With over 25 years of experience in sales and supporting solutions for healthcare systems throughout the U.S., Jim has been instrumental in accelerating growth for many companies working in the healthcare industry including, McKesson and MedAssets, Inc.  We sat down with Jim to talk about the changes he’s witnessed in the healthcare industry's approach to social determinants of health over the last 20 years.
 
Topics: social determinants of health population health care coordination