social determinants of health

By Dave Muoio 03:59 pm November 6, 2019
Due to their increasingly personalized and convenient experiences with other sectors, consumers have high expectations when it comes to the services they’re receiving from the healthcare industry, according to a new global survey from Salesforce Research of nearly 6,000 consumers. Unfortunately, nearly half (47%) of those polled believe that the healthcare and life sciences are less focused on...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm September 30, 2019
Cutting-edge technologies often serve as the drivers of innovation, and within healthcare can inspire pioneers to devise new means of spotting illnesses or streamlining patient care. But it’s vital for digital health entrepreneurs and innovation-minded providers to look beyond the patients who would hardly blink an eye at yearly device upgrades or $1,000+ smartphones, and remember that there are...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pm September 24, 2019
Getting the right diagnosis and prescription from a doctor is just one piece to the healthcare puzzle. How much food is at home and whether there is enough money in a patient’s bank account to cover the medication copay can be just as important to determining their medical outcomes.  Now hospital executives are starting to turn to technology as a way to help serve more patients and address social...

The team from Ooney makes their pitch to the judges.

By Dave Muoio 03:17 am September 17, 2019
Following a session of live pitch presentations and evaluations, judges have awarded Ooney and Social Impact AI Lab — New York with the top prizes in two healthcare innovation competitions focused on, respectively, home/community care and social determinants of health. The innovation contests are part of an annual event held here at the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, and are conducted in...
By Dave Muoio 01:36 pm September 12, 2019
ConsejoSano COO Dr. Vik Bakhru has had a taste of several different healthcare perspectives throughout his career. Since his early days of a general surgery residency, Bakhru has gone on to found an international medical non-profit, lead healthcare administration as a director at New York Presbyterian, serve as the health lead of an equity investment group’s travel medicine portfolio company and...
By Laura Lovett 08:59 am September 2, 2019
Across the U.S. and Europe, the population is rapidly aging. In Finland this "silver tsunami" is particularly true.  Roughly 22% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, a figure only expected to grow over the next decade, according to Statistics Finland. Moreover, in about 50 years over a third of the population will be classified as a senior citizen.   In the nation’s capital, the...
By Dave Muoio 03:31 pm August 28, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Catalyst @ Health 2.0 have named the finalists for two ongoing pitch competitions, one focused on the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the other on home and community-based care. Each competition’s three finalists will be demoing their digital approaches for judges and audience members at next month’s Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, with...
By Laura Lovett 02:09 pm August 21, 2019
The Gravity Project, a social determinants of health program, is now being rolled into the HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program. The efforts, supported by the American Association of Family Physicians, will be focused on standardizing medical codes to be used for social determinants of health — meaning topics like work, lifestyle and socioeconomic factors. The program is also aiming to make data sharing...
By Dave Muoio 02:02 pm August 21, 2019
Providing seniors with access to on-demand ridesharing services from Lyft not only facilitates access to medical appointments, but likely also reduces their social isolation and improves their quality of life, according to an independent study conducted by University of Southern California, Los Angeles researchers and published last week in the Journal of mHealth. "Access to transportation is...
By Dave Muoio 02:53 pm July 24, 2019
This morning CVS Health and its recently acquired Aetna business announced new initiatives that will work with community organizers, social services and software makers to tackle social and environmental factors affecting individuals’ health. To do so, the company has partnered with Unite Us, maker of care coordination products specifically designed to drive connections between social services...