Medical Economics: Area Deprivation Index Informs Policy but Misses Mark at Provider Level

From New York’s Upper West Side to Los Angeles’ Compton, the reputation of some neighborhoods and the patients who live there precedes them. Family income, level of education, employment status and opportunities, and housing quality (or lack thereof) can all impact the socioeconomic ecosystem of neighborhoods. However, quantifying and even classifying the risk level of… Continue reading Medical Economics: Area Deprivation Index Informs Policy but Misses Mark at Provider Level

Closing the gap on health disparities with a local approach

The Health Foundation of South Florida, the region’s largest philanthropic organization focused on achieving health equity in historically disadvantaged communities, recently named Melida Akiti as its new Board Chair. I recently interviewed Akiti to learn more about her vision for the Health Foundation and her hyper-local approach to closing the gap on health disparities among racial groups in South Florida.

How data analytics can help mental illness

Steve Leifman has made it his life’s work to help people with mental illnesses. Now, an Associate Administrative Judge in the County Criminal Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, covering Miami-Dade County, Judge Leifman’s name has become synonymous with the movement to keep people with mental illnesses out of jail and into appropriate medical and psychiatric treatment. To learn how data has helped him shape his successful programs, I sat down with Judge Leifman and asked him to share his insights.

How non-clinical social factors can be applied in practice

Over the past decade, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has shifted its payment structures away from volume-based care and toward value-based care. To discuss some of the challenges that providers face with this switch to value-based care, I spoke with Thao Tran, M.D., MPH, a physiatrist and the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Provider Network Solutions in Miami.

R.I.P. Zip codes

While Salesforce didn’t exactly end the use of software – it just moved software to the more accessible cloud – it revolutionized how companies conducted their business. Spatially Health, like the Salesforce of 2000, has taken a novel approach to understanding what influences individuals’ healthcare needs and their decisions to seek care.

Strictly social to spatially

I spend a lot of time with healthcare executives and payers, along with their respective business strategists and data analysts, who have been conditioned to develop their strategic and operational plans based on clinical, financial, and, sometimes, CRM data. But those metrics, tell only half of the story.

Human-spatial relationships

Greg Matthews, the host of DataPoint, and Hillit Meidar-Alfi, CEO of Spatially Health…