Mrs. M had a chronic headache. She visited 3 Emergency Rooms (ER) in 1 month, but still had no Good diagnosis nor a treatment plan. Care? Overall, she had: 2 CAT scans of her head 1 Lumbar puncture Blood tests Pain medicines Out-of-pocket charges Missed work Lost income And she was still sickPhoto taken with permission
After 3 ER visits, a clinic noted that she lived in an area endemic for unhealthy housing. A medical assistant screened her Better for housing risks. Care Mrs. M lived in a damp, moldy home. With that data, the MD correctly diagnosed her in 12 minutes with a housing-related illness. He treated her with meds and a healthy housing program.Photo taken with permission Mrs.M & her home got better.
Treating peoplewithout tacklingthe conditions thatmake them sick isa losing valueproposition- Very costly- Less effective- Unjust- Unsatisfying- Unsustainable Propietary/ Confidential
The CurrentStandard of Care Is Not Good Enough
A better standardof care adds valueby tackling health-critical social andenvironmentalconditions and is essential to building a pay-for- value healthcare system
Glimpsesof this better standardof care are out there
Yet 4 out of 5 physicians still feel under-equipped toaddress their patients’ social needs -RWJF “Health Care’s Blind Side” Dec 2011 Propietary/ Confidential
Healthcare lacks the knowledge and toolsto tackle social determinants of health We don’t have enough data or ways to identify and share clinical innovations for population health Structural & macro-incentives to integrate population health interventions and medical care are not strong enough
Healthcare can be better butcare teams and clinics lack q Training & Tools q Incentives q Actionable data q Resources or time q Networks & support to tackle the social determinants of health
Thats why we started
Who are we? A socially-responsible startup founded by physicians that provides expertise andtechnology to help healthcareimprove health where it begins
What do we do?
We’ve Built a Network We built an online platform where frontline health professionals, experts, and population health advocatescan share ideas and innovations
Now, we’re adding a new service to helphealth professionals, students, and experts: Ask and answer questionsabout social or environmental factors that impact patients
The “Biosocial Curbside”1. Ask a question 2. Experts, like aonline anytime lawyer or socialabout a health- worker, answercritical social or question.environmental issue 3. Users rate answers and tell friends. Experts earn points for good answers.
Help build the Q&A service Ask your questions today!Visit the HealthBegins website and click “Ask a Question”. Not yet a member? Sign up to be a member of our closed beta at healthbegins.ning.com
Stay TunedWe will soon release more tools tohelp health professionals and clinicsto:Find Community-Based Resourcesfor patientsTransform Clinical Practice toaddress social determinants ofhealth