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Mobilizing Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Community health through collective impact

How can a community come together to achieve collective impact and sustained change? What do local organizations need to participate in multi-sectoral partnerships? We set out to answer those questions during the inaugural Gen-H Innovation Series last month. In collaboration with Healthify, the day-long session prompted conversations about: 

  1. Eliminating barriers between the different stakeholders in the community to achieve collective impact
  2. The needs of various stakeholders in the community to participate in collective impact initiatives
  3. And maximizing capacity and sustainability through partnerships with funders
Topics: social determinants of health value-based care care coordination partnership

Confronting SDoH to Manage or Prevent Hypertension

How HCOs are addressing SDoH in populations with chronic conditions

Last Friday was World Hypertension Day. This chronic condition—also known as high blood pressure—affects more than 75 million people in the United States, but only 54 percent of people who have hypertension say they have their condition under control. In 2014, hypertension was the primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans—that’s 1,000 people per day who are fatally affected by hypertension. In addition to contributing to poor health outcomes, hypertension also costs $48.6 billion to treat each year.

Topics: social determinants of health food insecurity care coordination

Leveraging SDoH Technology to  Address Social Needs

How healthcare organizations are using technology to address the social determinants of health

Technology can be a powerful tool for organizations seeking to address the social determinants of health (SDoH) within their communities. As healthcare organizations (HCOs) continue to take innovative approaches to value-based care delivery and address SDoH, they’re also looking toward groundbreaking technology to support their initiatives.

Topics: social determinants of health care coordination sdoh technology

On World Asthma Day: Addressing SDoH Needs Care Coordination

Why coordination is the key to addressing SDoH-related asthma triggers

Today is World Asthma Day, and on this day, we are reminded that the social determinants of health (SDoH) have a significantly adverse effect on children and adults who are exposed to environmental factors like allergens, tobacco smoke, and indoor and outdoor air pollution. Asthma is a major contributor to disease and disability in children, and social factors have given rise to unhealthy residential environments where risk factors of asthma are clustered.

Topics: social determinants of health coordinated care care coordination

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

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

Positioning Social Service Providers as Leaders in the Future of Health

Compared to other wealthy countries, the United States has some unusual healthcare spending habits. Other developed nations like Germany, France, and the UK spend nearly twice as much on social services as they do on healthcare but in the United States, we spend almost twice as much on healthcare as we do on social services. However, there’s a growing consensus that social and behavioral factors determine over 60% of health outcomes and are better understood as intersectional health issues. There’s also significant evidence that shows that higher spending on social services addresses health outcomes more effectively than investing in healthcare alone. It’s clear that our priorities are misplaced.

Topics: social determinants of health community-based organizations care coordination

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

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