Healthify Blog

First in Innovation. Last in Outcomes.

By many accounts, the United States’ healthcare system is among the most advanced in the world. We have launched countless innovative technologies, life-changing medical devices and equipment, and our healthcare providers are consistently and successfully treating highly complex and rare diseases. Such innovation comes at a cost, however, and sometimes it’s questionable as to whether or not we are seeing a return on our investment.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health Medicaid public health

Grounding Healthcare's Frequent Fliers

Every emergency department has experienced the ‘frequent flyer’ phenomenon—cases where patients become repeat visitors because they are chronically ill, seek medical attention, and lack access to other types of care. In a sense, emergency departments were designed to treat a patient’s current condition, not the cause. In the case of America’s frequent fliers, addressing the symptom is the solution to improving long-term health and better outcomes.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health Medicaid

Poverty and the Social Determinants of Poor Health

“Healthcare crisis,” “disparity,” and “poverty” are popular words these days in American journalism and the blogosphere despite the economic recovery and the prolonged settling-in period for the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). A return to growth and expanded coverage for millions of Americans should be good news. Poverty should be alleviated and health outcomes improving under such auspicious circumstances. What’s gone so wrong that it still gets the pundits so hot and bothered?

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health Medicaid health disparities