social determinants of health

By Laura Lovett July 2, 2019
Getting mental health services to youth facing homelessness can pose a host of access challenges. But a new study published in JMIR found that smartphone-based mental health programs could be a viable approach to reaching this vulnerable population. In a small pilot, researchers found that more than half of the participants were engaging with the technology. While clinical improvements were...
By Dave Muoio June 20, 2019
New York’s Northwell Health has partnered with Chicago-based NowPow to offer the latter’s software platform to patients grappling with environmental and social detriments to their health. NowPow’s technology uses the diagnostic codes in patients’ health records to spot unmet non-medical needs, such as access to healthy food. From there, the platform’s algorithms match and recommend these patients...
By MobiHealthNews May 30, 2019
For Health 2.0's Annual Fall Conference, coming up in September, Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is running two innovation challenges, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. One challenge will focus on social determinants of health (SDoH) and the other will seek innovations in home and community-based care. 1) For the SDoH Challenge, we are looking for digital solutions that help patients and/or...
By Jonah Comstock April 30, 2019
When we talk about health consumerism or the consumerization of health, the topic encompasses a lot of disparate ideas. In her new book Health Consuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist with a 30-year background in the space, seeks to tie those ideas into one cohesive narrative — and to follow that narrative to see where it leads into our future. The...

Cityblock CEO Iyah Romm at CHC in October/Photo Credit:Christopher Huang 

By Laura Lovett April 12, 2019
This morning Cityblock, a startup focused on addressing socio-economic health disparities through tech, announced that it landed $65 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from 8VC, Echo Health Ventures, StartUp Health, Sidewalk Labs, Thrive Capital, Maverick Ventures, Town Hall Ventures and EmbelmHealth.  WHAT THEY DO  Cityblock, a spinout of...
By Laura Lovett March 29, 2019
Solera Health, a digital platform that offers a marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, announced that it is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute on a new program that will focus on social determinants of health.  The plan is for Solera Health to work with BCBS and tailor its platform to link people up with community-based providers and other resources that...
By Dave Muoio March 21, 2019
Unite Us, a care coordination software maker that looks to connect social services with healthcare, has raised $35 million in a Series B round led by Oak HC/FT, according to a press release. With this, the company has raised a total of $45.3 million in funding. Newcomers Town Hall Ventures and Define Ventures also joined the round, as did returning backers Scout Ventures, Luminate and New York...
An older woman using telemedicine.

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By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare will expand its longtime Homecare & Hospice program into a new technology-supported initiative called Intermountain at Home, the health system announced last week. Intermountain at Home will use telemedicine and remote monitoring along with homecare visits to expand the program from palliative care and dialysis, which the system already offers at home, to include home...
By Laura Lovett February 11, 2019
Looking to further its foothold in the healthcare space, this morning at HIMSS 2019 Salesforce unveiled three new capabilities of its Health Cloud system. The new capabilities will be focused on social determinants of health, in-home care, and personalizing the patient journey.  The social determinants of health feature will allow providers to capture information about a patient's living...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2019
Last week, MobiHealthNews attended JP Morgan Week for the first time. While we took a pass on the eponymous conference, we talked digital health at the bevy of conferences, meetings, and cocktail parties that have sprung up around the investment bank’s annual life sciences event. The distributed nature of JP Morgan makes it hard to pull out one overarching themes, but a few trends and topics of...