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Chronic Disease Management

For Better Population Health, Invest in Primary Care Providers

February 26, 2019 - A higher number of primary care providers (PCPs) in a given region is associated with significant gains in life expectancy for resident populations, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Adding just 10 PCPs per 100,000 individuals was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life expectancy across the population, with significant reductions in mortality related to...


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Google Adds Local Opioid Disposal Data to Maps, Search

by Jennifer Bresnick

Google is working to support public health by adding detailed opioid disposal site data to its maps and search results, according to a blog post from the tech company. Recognizing that the majority of opioid abuse situations are fueled by...

Kaiser’s Population Health Medical School Will Start Off Free

by Jennifer Bresnick

Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will offer free tuition for the first five classes that enter the institution, the health system announced this week. The school, which will focus heavily on integrating population health...

Chronic Conditions Account for $8.3B in Avoidable ED Visits

by Jessica Kent

Emergency department (ED) visits for people with at least one chronic condition contributed to nearly 60 percent of all annual visits in 2017 and $8.3 billion in spending, says a report from Premier. Of these visits, over 4.3 million were...

Google’s Verily to Open Data-Driven Opioid Treatment Center

by Jennifer Bresnick

Verily, the health data innovation company owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is developing a physical campus dedicated to opioid treatment with a data-driven twist. The OneFifteen project, a “not-for-profit healthcare...

Providence St. Joseph Spins Off Population Health Company

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), the third-largest non-profit health system in the country, has announced the launch of a new population health company called Ayin Health Solutions. The new company will leverage PSJH’s learnings...

Social Determinants of Health Impact Severity of Chronic Disease

by Jessica Kent

New Jersey’s poorest zip codes have the highest rates of individuals with chronic diseases seeking care in emergency rooms, showing a strong link between the social determinants of health and poor outcomes, according to a new state...

New Project Puts an Actuarial Eye on Big Data, Healthcare Costs

by Jessica Kent

Healthcare costs in the US are on the rise, with the industry spending billions each year to combat chronic disease, manage administrative tasks, and advance medical treatments. Although organizations have increasingly sought to improve...

Kaiser Permanente Launches SDOH Initiatives Targeting Housing Security

by Jessica Kent

Kaiser Permanente has announced three new initiatives that will help to address the social determinants of health (SDOHs) by increasing access to affordable housing for vulnerable residents in California. The initiatives include investing...

NIH Integrates Fitbit Data into “All of Us” Research Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Participants in the NIH All of Us research program can now volunteer their FitBit data to better inform the national population health research initiative. Digital health technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as...

Microsoft, Walgreens to Leverage AI for Retail-Style Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Microsoft and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) are collaborating to apply artificial intelligence to the challenges of developing retail-style healthcare interactions. The two companies will work together to create innovative,...

23andMe, Lark Health Join Genetics, AI, Diabetes Prevention

by Jennifer Bresnick

Consumer genetic test company 23andMe has announced a partnership with Lark Health, provider of AI-driven health coaching programs, to allow consumers to use genetic test results to inform their approach to wellness. The...

Which Population Health IT Vendors Offer Strong Partnerships?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Developing a comprehensive, effective population health management (PHM) program is often a long and challenging journey – one that requires healthcare providers to forge strong partnership with their technology vendors. In order to...

Cerner Offers New Clinical Decision Support Toolkit for Opioid Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

In 2016, just under 50,000 people died of an opioid-related overdose. Illegal substances such as heroin and fentanyl have taken an increasingly heavy toll on public health since the middle of the decade. But the National Institutes of...

IoT Adoption Tracks with Increased Spending on Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting bigger every day as consumers and providers continue to adopt smart technologies and devices at a rapid clip. From wearable fitness trackers to ingestible sensors tucked into tiny pills, the IoT is...

HHS Calls for Public Comment on Pain Management Draft Framework

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS has released a draft report proposing recommendations to improve the nation’s pain management strategies and reduce the devastating impact of improperly used opioids on population health. The report, published by the Pain...

Walgreens, Google’s Verily Partner on Chronic Disease Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Verily, a healthcare company owned by Google’s parent entity Alphabet, have announced a collaboration on multiple projects intended to improve chronic disease management and reduce healthcare...

US Patients See Rising Burdens of Mental Health, Chronic Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

Mental health issues, behavioral health concerns, and chronic diseases are on the rise for individuals in the United States, creating significant challenges for healthcare providers in many regions of the country, according to the United...

EHR Data Sharing Identifies Hypertension Care Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Health systems participating in an electronic health record (EHR) data sharing collaborative were able to identify care disparities among hypertension patients and could enable organizations to share best practices for quality...

Socioeconomic Data Will Play Key Role in Population Health for Minorities

by Jessica Kent

As the healthcare industry continues its slow and steady shift to holistic care, more organizations are beginning to understand that they must integrate socioeconomic data into their analytics and population health management...

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