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Health Care Disruptors Forge Ahead, Pandemic or Not

Feb 25, 2021
Hospitals and health systems should embrace opportunities to work with other stakeholders in the health care ecosystem, such as tech data companies, on new combinations of services. Leaders should see this as an opportunity to work together with health care disruptors, if they are not doing so already, by sharing their tacit knowledge and expertise in health care.
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To Advance Health Equity, You Must Invest in Communities

Feb 18, 2021
Place-based investment, otherwise known as community investment, helps create the social and physical environments that support community health over the long term. As communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, community investment will be an innovative yet useful strategy for reimagining and rebuilding a more equitable society at a scale that grants alone cannot achieve.
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Compassion Tech: Merging Technology, Consumerism and the Human Connection for Health Innovation

Feb 11, 2021
Although “compassion tech” does not yet define a particular category of innovations, it follows the natural evolution of health care technology. While e-health was popularized by the digitization of health care through electronic medical records, we now use “digital health” to refer to a wide range of consumer-facing and backend technologies like wearables, analytic platforms and clinical decision support.
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Using Lessons from the Pandemic to Reimagine Health Care

Jan 14, 2021
Even as we continue to address COVD-19 challenges, let’s consider the experiences of the past year, looking for lessons learned and opportunities for the future. Here are four major areas that changed during the pandemic and are likely to keep transforming health care in the year ahead.
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Accelerating the Path to Equity with Population Health Tools

Dec 10, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated health inequities we face as a nation. But we’re also seeing innovation in all aspects of care delivery and community collaboration and partnerships to address these challenges. We know that the homes where people live and their support networks of family and friends influence people’s ability to stay healthy or recover quickly. Access to safe, affordable and stable housing is key to good health. Strong social connections are linked to longer life and better mental health, whereas a lack of such social ties is associated with depression and increased mortality.
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Livability Index offers insights to make communities healthier

Feb 13, 2020
The AARP’s Livability Index acts as a useful tool for health care organizations and communities working on innovative, place-based solutions that improve health outcomes for all, writes Shannon Guzman, senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute.
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AHA's HCC creates partnerships, resources and better care

Jan 29, 2020
During the yearlong Hospital Community Cooperative pilot program, 10 hospital and community organization teams achieved 300 sustainable community health improvement outputs and promoted health equity. Learn more about the HCC’s initial success as the program grows in 2020.
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Hospitals offering housing for improved patient care

Dec 12, 2019
Hospitals and health systems investing in housing helps control costs while also ensuring that discharged patients have a safe and clean place to sleep each night, writes Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer.