Carrot Health White Papers
Merle Phillips is a petite 110-year old 4’9” fireball who keeps doing big things. What accounts for Merle’s ultra-longevity and, more importantly, her high life quality? While having good genes influences lifespan, social determinants of health play an even more significant role in health, well-being and longevity. Merle Power! Living Long and Prospering, the second of a four-part white paper series co-authored by Carrot Health’s Kurt Waltenbaugh and 4sight Health’s David Johnson, taps powerful consumer and health data analytics to reveal the enormous crisis American healthcare is speeding toward.
Increasingly, the U.S. healthcare system devotes resources, attention and innovation to managing the care of patients with cancer or chronic illness. However, it vastly underestimates the growth of that population and is poor at identifying individuals who will end up needing such services. The Iceberg Cometh, the first of a four-part white paper series co-authored by Carrot Health’s Kurt Waltenbaugh and 4sight Health’s David Johnson, taps powerful consumer and health data analytics to reveal the enormous crisis American healthcare is speeding toward.
The “secret sauce” of population health blends access to data with actionable analysis, curates partnerships across sectors, and connects with communities to create options for upstream interventions.
This paper outlines changes in the health landscape, defines the social determinants of health, highlights data and collaboration as a key ingredients to success, and looks to innovative applications that define the first course in improving population health.
We all want to be healthy. Yet, the money we spend primarily goes to taking care of people once they are already sick. At that point, it is too late – it costs too much, and cannot turn back the clock to give someone “health.” Providing value by improving patients’ health – at an efficient price – is the future of our health system. Consumer data holds a predictive key.
To improve community health outcomes, healthcare organizations need to look at indicators that go beyond traditional measures. Harnessing the power of social, economic, behavioral, environmental, and demographic data can bring a wealth of knowledge and predictive insights – allowing healthcare providers to address not only current population needs, but also emerging health risks and opportunities in the communities they serve.