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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 SDoH, care coordination

Healthify: 2017 Year in Review

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations Purple Binder Year In Review

3 Philosophical Pillars Used to Guide Recruitment at Healthify

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Mission Recruiting

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 Coordinate Care Health Department community-centered

Purple Binder Joins Healthify Team to Support Evolution of Social Determinants Space

At Healthify, we believe that there is more to health than healthcare. This belief is a part of everything we do - through our technology, our deep relationships with community partners, and in the strategic partnerships we build. Today, I’m excited to announce that Purple Binder, a pioneer in the development of community health solutions, will be joining the Healthify team. A union that is driven by a shared mission to build a world where no one’s health is hindered by their need.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Much evidence has been generated about the influence that unmet social needs have on our health. Social determinants such as food insecurity, access to affordable housing, and transportation play a significant role in an individual's health, accounting for more than 40% of health outcomes. We experienced the barriers that existed in identifying social needs, accessing the right information to address those needs, and the lack of accountability that made it difficult to close the loop on specific services while working in Baltimore.

We built Healthify to enable healthcare organizations to connect with community partners who can reduce the number of unmet social needs in a community. Through our platform healthcare organizations can implement their social determinant initiatives at scale and make operational, workflow and referral changes to understand and address the social determinants of health on the ground. In four short years, we've grown from a platform covering only four states to one that reaches over 15,000 healthcare staff across the county. Purple Binder joining our team is a continuation of that growth that will deepen our presence in the public sector and in critical areas of the country, like Chicago and California.

Following the closing of our Series A round, led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, we’ve increased our focus in the development of solutions that connect healthcare and community partner stakeholders together to move the needle on social determinants. The integration of Purple Binder's community partner networks and data with Healthify allows us to increase our reach and strengthen our outcomes data to provide our clients with a better understanding of what success looks like for them. We’re building a stronger evidence-based infrastructure, for patients, healthcare organizations, governments, and community agencies to work together to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care. 

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Purple Binder

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 open referral care coordination

Funding a Food Allergy

Food allergies have become synonymous with the upper-middle class; there’s probably a punchline somewhere about all the nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free items in a Whole Foods shopping cart at this very moment. But, the reality is, food allergies plague every socioeconomic group in the nation; 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy. Wealthier families just have the means to proactively manage them.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Food