Learning in Review: How We Teach Each Other to Code

At Healthify, our software engineers collectively represent 52 years of programming experience, which is a detail not that interesting on its own. All of us learned how to code and at some point in time we each started doing it for money. Duh. We didn’t, however, all go about doing this in quite the same way. As a matter of fact, we have an eclectic mix of educational backgrounds in our department and those details are fascinating.

Topics: Healthify Recruiting

Webinar Announcement: Analytic Strategies to Keep up with Modern Healthcare

Save the date for Healthify and Looker to present on "Analytic Strategies to Keep up with Modern Healthcare" through HealthIT Analytics.

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Healthify Raises $6.5 Million to Transform How Health Care Addresses Social Needs

Investment, led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, will accelerate team growth, enhance new coordination product line, and support national expansion.

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health

A Breath of Fresh Air for Smoking Cessation Efforts­­­­

More than 50 years ago, the Surgeon General first reported that cigarette smoking was very bad for our health. At the time, 42% of Americans smoked. Even now that the percentage has dropped dramatically to less than 15%, smoking is still a deadly problem. 

The deleterious effects of smoking are well known, including the increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Smoking causes 480,000 deaths annually, which is more deaths each year than the following causes combined: HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents. 

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Medicaid Coordinate Care smoking

Breathing new life into Asthma treatment

Santana Hudson, a 3-year-old boy from a low-income family in the Midwest, suffers from chronic asthma. The normally active young boy stops like clockwork every four hours to sit down and inhale asthma medication. If a dose is missed, he likely will end up in a trip to the emergency room, which for him, are frequent. Santana lacks a primary care doctor, and like many other children, he is left with one option for treating severe asthma attacks—to call an ambulance.

Asthma impacts roughly one in 12 Americans. It’s so common that its severity is often underestimated. But for some, like Santana, asthma can be so debilitating that it interferes with daily activities and can lead to life-threatening attacks. While asthma affects all ethnic groups and levels of socio-economic status, it disproportionally impacts low-income, minority and inner city populations.

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health low income Coordinate Care coordination health asthma

All by Myself: The Health Effects of Loneliness

Loneliness has evolved from a favorite topic of angsty teens to a serious public health crisis. Long thought of as a temporary state of mind, loneliness--broadly defined as “the distress people feel when reality fails to meet their ideal of social relationships”--now outstrips obesity as a predictor of early death.

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Community Resources Mental Health Community Based Organizations Coordinate Care coordination

The Price of Fitness: Combating Obesity in Low-Income Populations

Like clockwork, the ball drops in Times Square on New Years’ Eve, and millions of Americans resolve to lose weight. They say, “This time, I’m motivated.” But, for many low-income Americans, it is not a lack of drive that keeps them from losing weight, but a lack of affordability and accessibility.

Topics: Healthify Community Based Organizations ACA obesity fitness

Does Money Matter? It Does for Your Health.

“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” 

—Former President Barack Obama

Wealth influences your education, your environment, and most of all your health.

In the U.S., life expectancy is tied to income, and wealthier Americans have an advantage. The wealthier live longer than low-income counterparts. Because of social circumstances, low-income Americans experience more stress, mental illness, violence, and obesity, among other burdens. Many low-income individuals also struggle to afford medication, lack awareness on where or when to seek care, and do not have the same access to treat and prevent their health issues.

Topics: Healthify low income Vulnerable populations ACA Healthcare

Providing End-of-Life Palliative Care for the Homeless

A significant gap in the health care system for one of the most vulnerable patient populations may be slowly closing. Thanks to innovative new programs, increased numbers of homeless men and women fighting fatal illnesses and chronic conditions are receiving the palliative and respite care they so desperately need. 

With many seriously ill homeless patients seeking care only when in dire need, these vital programs work to improve quality of life, preserve the dignity of the patients, and help to better utilize already stretched health care resources.

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Coordinate Care Vulnerable populations Homeless Palliative care

Collaborative Healthcare Series: The Advent of Medicaid Managed Care

While we previously touched on the history of managed care, this next post for Healthify Insights’ Collaborative Care Series will focus on the coordination and development of Medicaid managed care.

Topics: Healthify Medicaid Managed Care