Social determinants of health—the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that affects health and quality of life—are strongly connected with disparities in health status and life expectancy. Research has found that individual behavior, often driven by social determinants, accounts for up to 40 percent of the risk of premature death. These findings helped establish the Commission on Social Determinants of Health by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005. The Commission's responsibilities require that they assemble, collate, and synthesize global data on SDOH and its impact on health inequity, and to make recommendations for action to address that inequity. The goal of the Commission is simple: to foster a global movement on SDOH and health equity.
As the U.S. healthcare system continues to increase its focus on digital health initiatives, 2019 saw continued growth in digital applications that sought to improve patient engagement and empower them to become better decision-makers. The evolution of digital health is one of the biggest sources of rapid change in the US healthcare system. Digital Health Times.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has released (PDF) the 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, which is open for public comment. The ONC collaborated with over 25 federal organizations involved in health IT, and conducted research and examined recommendations from its Health IT Advisory Committee before publishing the draft version. Following public comments, the ONC, in collaboration with federal partners, will analyze the comments received and publish a final version of the Plan.
This is part one of a two week series of posts from CuriousHumans. The American healthcare system is, to put it mildly, complex. As health systems shift their focus from volume to value, a growing number of physician practices are consolidating and more individual physicians are joining health systems.
As organizations consider implementing new technologies or digital therapeutics within their standard of care, the most undeniable element is that it represents powerful change. The demand for digital clinical workspaces will intensify as the natural productivity and mobility benefits become more integrated into health care delivery strategies.
The cost of the opioid epidemic in the United States has climbed to an estimated $1 trillion since 2001, and costs related to the crisis are increasing at an accelerating rate, according to a study released by Altarum, a not-for-profit health research and consulting institute. The annual cost of the opioid crisis increased from $29.1 billion in 2001 to an estimated $115 billion in 2017.
Recent advancements in consumer directed personal computing technology have led to the generation of biomedically-relevant data streams with potential health applications.