Population Health

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Precision medicine moves from promise to reality [Q&A]

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Gregory R. Weidner, M.D., medical director of primary care innovation and proactive health at Carolinas HealthCare System, shared his insights into what healthcare leaders across diverse types of organizations should know about the emerging world of precision medicine.

IT adoption lagging in population health initiatives

A majority of healthcare organizations embarking on population health initiatives are doing so without an IT solution in place, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey.

How hospitals can overcome barriers to create healthier neighborhoods

Hospitals can make their neighborhoods and communities healthier by addressing nonmedical factors that contribute to population health, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

4 lessons from regional health improvement partnerships

Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) comprising providers, payers, employers and consumers can help states and local governments set healthcare policy that works for everyone involved, according to an issue brief from the Milbank Memorial Fund.  

Hunger carries $160B a year in healthcare costs

Food insecurity led to healthcare costs of $160 billion in the United States last year, according to a study commissioned by the charitable Bread for the World Institute.

Survey: IT outsourcing on the rise among health insurers

The healthcare payer IT outsourcing market is expected to grow more than 40 percent in the next two years, according to a new Black Book survey. That's because better software solutions have accelerated expenses faster than originally anticipated, and there has not been any corresponding increase in revenue for many health plans.  

Atlantic Health identifies keys to successful ACO, population health initiatives

The five-hospital Atlantic Health System in New Jersey has been pushing aggressively into accountable care and population health management, and it is showing signs of success, according to  Healthcare Informatics. 

HHS teams up with OptumLabs for healthcare research

Optum Labs, the healthcare innovation center that was created by UnitedHealth Group's Optum division and the Mayo Clinic, will now work with the federal government on healthcare research initiatives.

4 steps to maximize hospital community health efforts

All stakeholders in the healthcare industry must take four steps in order for hospitals to improve population health within their communities, according to an opinion piece from the Brookings Institution.

Despite efforts, US obesity rate continues to climb

The U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, dashing the expectations of health professionals who hoped to see a decline. While rates of sugar and sweetened soft drink consumption are down, nationally, the obesity rate has remained stubbornly high, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.