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Wellth IT: Syndicate and analyze data to tackle social determinants of health

The U.S spends far more per capita on health care than other countries. Yet experts estimate 75 percent of the factors that undermine population health are not medical. Instead, this is shaped by the social determinants of health – or the socioeconomic, behavioral and environmental conditions of where we are born, live, learn, work and play. While improvements in Health Information Technology and adoption of Electronic ...more »

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Saint Francis Community Coalition: Leveraging Collective Strength for Healthier Communities

While many neighborhood organizations work tirelessly to combat homelessness, crime, medical/mental illness and related issues, collaboration has been rare. The Saint Francis Community Coalition seeks to leverage the collective strength of nonprofit, community-based organizations, corporate funding allies and local government in a public/private initiative to make significant improvements in the overall safety, health ...more »

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Hacking Health: The Untold Stories of Health Innovators From Around the World

Innovation in health is at a tipping point. We are at the cusp of a revolution...and revolutions are started by misfits and hooligans willing to go out on a limb, willing to fail, willing to challenge the status quo, and willing to ask ‘what if’. We call these people 'health artists' who embody the courage to do whats right irrespective of the uncertainty that lays ahead. We are inspired by these health artists and believe ...more »

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Rehab on Crack: Transforming recovery for the 21st Century

Why sit around while traditional recovery groups cling to a big book (of alcoholics anonymous) and not use the best of what medicine has learned about addiction in the last 78 years? Why approach the 12 steps with a one-size-fits-all mentality and not use the advances in personality assessment tools to adapt the steps for individual addicts? Why be held captive by insurance restrictions when all the research confirms ...more »

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Keeping Silos out of Intersections: A New Model of Care for Children

In the heart of Kansas City, Missouri reside the state’s largest Head Start program and a children’s hospital. Several years ago, both of these entities recognized the importance of working together to serve the children and families that were most vulnerable. Today, they have a unique partnership that brings under one roof early childhood education and childcare, a health clinic, and other social services to create a ...more »

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Open Digital Medicine - A Privacy Policy Template

Medicine is becoming digital. Must it also become closed and licensed as a result? Our project will develop a model privacy policy for apps and websites committed to open medicine and sharing of patient data. Most medicine is on paper and still open. It’s peer-reviewable, modifiable by anyone and can be taught and practiced without buying a license. As EHRs, PHRs, apps and web services absorb and then extend medical ...more »

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COLLABORATIVE CARE 2.0 > 1+1. Changing the way we communicate to improve health & healthcare

“I see two docs for my heart alone--a plumber and an electrician. They each tell me different things and I’m lost in the middle. Why can’t everyone just get into the same room?” A set of tools to enable secure, efficient, real-time or asynchronous communication between collaborating healthcare professionals, patients, & caregivers could revolutionize the process of care for those with complex needs. A platform to ...more »

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Filling Safety Net Gaps One Family at a Time Addresses Social Determinants for Two Generations

Family resources impact health outcomes and medical professionals want to write “social need’ prescriptions. Let’s let them. To a low-income family, one catalytic need – a security deposit, a bed – can be the difference between success and backsliding. Benevolent successfully fills these gaps, working with community organizations and individuals, allowing professionals to post clients’ needs online, and inviting donors ...more »

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We can save the "lives" of 1 in 6 people around the world

Stroke is the #1 cause of permanent disability and #3 cause of death around the globe, yet less than 5% of victims get any treatment. Vesselon’s approach is transformational by enabling early restoration of cerebral blood flow to improve clinical outcomes. We are developing a low-cost, mobile, noninvasive ultrasound device used with microbubbles to treat stroke victims by dissolving a clot before victims get to the hospital. ...more »

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Telehealth and innovative partnerships that can improve patient care by treating body and mind.

TH4MH - Telehealth for Mental Health – is designed to provide mental health screening and services to patients in general clinics. Imagine a mother brining her baby to the pediatrician’s office and while she’s there she begins to cry. Suddenly a mental health specialist, a trained Nurse Practitioner, appears on the screen to help her. Telehealth can transform the primary care medical home into a one-stop shop, adding ...more »

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Extrinsic Reward System to Guide the Quality of Children's Nutritional Choices

Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires cultural change in how kids value food. We propose a method of making the nutritional merits of food irresistible, much as traditional marketing methods did for unhealthy products. Our game, Fitter Critters, won 2nd place in Let's Move's Apps for Healthy Kids (http://is.gd/lrn7fN), and a study by U. Mass Medical found it significantly increased self-efficacy and positive ...more »

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Power to the People: Putting Data and Tools in the Hands of People to Improve Health and Healthcare

I’m not just a patient, I’m a person. I’m not just a passive recipient of care. My health’s about more than what the doctor or hospital does. I manage my health 99% of the time. So why do we look only to payers and providers to drive change? Why are doctors trying to engage me when I need to engage them? Let me drive change. The US has invested billions in EHRs and health information exchanges (HIEs) for providers. Let ...more »

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