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Higher Health Literacy Leads to Healthier Cities

EdLogics and Global Action Platform Partner to Pilot "Empower Community Health"
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EdLogics and Global Action Platform recently hosted a conference focused on the economic benefits of improving health literacy in communities. The event, held November 5 in Norfolk, Virginia, highlighted the specific needs and benefits to the Hampton Roads and Nashville areas.

EdLogicsFounder and CEO Thomas M. Chamberlain, PharmD, opened the event by sharing the economic impact of low health literacy. “Low health literacy is a multibillion-dollar problem,” he said. “Patients with low health literacy are more likely to visit an emergency room, less likely to follow a doctor’s instructions, and have higher mortality rates.”

Low Health Literacy By The Numbers:

  • Patients forget up to 80% of what their doctor told them before they reach the parking lot.
  • Close to 40% of Americans suffer from one or more chronic conditions, accounting for over 85% of the total US health costs.
  • Over 90 million Americans are at risk for preventable health issues because they have difficulty understanding health information.
  • On average, healthcare costs for a low literacy patient are $8,000 higher per year.
  • One in three Americans can’t follow the instructions on a drug label.

To address this crisis, Global Action Platform and EdLogics are creating Empower Community Health, an initiative utilizing technology to improve health literacy. This platform, through which communities can connect health and prosperity, will in turn create a competitive economic advantage for their regions in the ongoing competition for investments, talent and markets.

The goal is simple: To increase both the health and prosperity of communities.

The EdLogics Platform will serve as the technological backbone of Empower Community Health. The Platform features:

  • Game-based learning
  • Rewards for progress
  • Rich, user-friendly content covering a broad range of health topics, from chronic conditions to preventive health to navigating the healthcare system

“The Platform is proven, easy-to-use, and can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices, making it readily accessible to anyone with access to the internet,” added presenter James Spore, President and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads.

Through Empower Community Health, the EdLogics Platform will be available to the citizens of Hampton Roads and Nashville, including underserved populations, the public school system,  and university students. EdLogics and Global Action Platform will work with schools, libraries, community health clinics, churches, YMCAs and other civic organizations to provide access.

The comprehensive community implementation has many innovative and important features, including:

  • Advanced data analytics
  • Multi-sector/community implementation
  • National expert review

At the community level, Global Action Platform will provide regional program managers to work with sponsors, community organizations, and other stakeholders to leverage local resources, networks, and existing programs to drive awareness. Local universities will serve as strategic outreach partners and provide academic research expertise.

Check back for more details and launch dates.

 

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Jerry Gulley currently serves as EdLogics’ Chief Content Officer. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has held positions with Cooking Light, Health, and AllRecipes. 

Can Anyone REALLY Lower the High Costs of Healthcare?

Yes — but the solution may surprise you.
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You can’t control many of the factors that contribute to high healthcare costs: expensive drugs, the cost of providers, rising insurance premiums. It may seem like there’s not a lot anyone can do, other than pay up. So what can you do?

On the surface, the solution is simple. Less illness. Fewer claims. Better use of the healthcare system. Easier said than done — but it can be done. How?

By improving health literacy, or the ability to understand and act on health information. Sign up for our free webinar and we’ll show you how.

Register now! Improving Health Literacy: What Works & What Doesn’t. Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Consider the facts:

  • 1 in 3 Americans can’t read a drug label.
  • Only 15% of adults with low health literacy know how to find good medical info online.
  • People with low health literacy are more likely to go without flu shots, mammograms, and other preventive care.

Knowing what to do to prevent chronic disease, how to take medications, and where to go when you’re sick — and acting on that knowledge — can have a huge impact on both personal health and the number of costly healthcare claims.

Low health literacy costs more. High health literacy costs less.

How do you improve health literacy?

Learn how by signing up for our free webinar! Join health literacy expert Dr. Russell Rothman and gamification guru Dr. Brian Primack as they discuss real-life strategies for improving health literacy. Find out what works — and what doesn’t.

Improving Health Literacy: What Works & What Doesn’t
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Register now! Improving Health Literacy: What Works & What Doesn’t. Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Even if you can’t make it, sign up anyway. We’ll send you a recording of the webinar. Invite your friends, too — and anyone who could benefit from lower healthcare costs!


PANELISTS

Brian Primack, MD, PhDBrian A. Primack, MD, PhD
Dean, University Honors College
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Primack has received many awards for research, teaching, and overall achievement, including the highest awards for emerging researchers offered by the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His TEDTalk, “Staying Healthy Might Be All Fun and Games” — given at the 2014 TEDMED conference in San Francisco — shows how video game principles can inspire changes in health behavior. His work has been cited in international news publications like The New York Times, NPR, U.S. News and World Report, the BBC, and The International Herald Tribune.

Russell L. Rothman, MD, MPPRussell L. Rothman, MD, MPP
Vice President for Population Health Research
Director of the Center for Health Services Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Rothman’s research focuses on improving care for adults and children with diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. His work addresses health communication, health literacy and numeracy, and other social and behavioral factors to improve health. He has been the Principal Investigator on over $50 million in funded research and has authored over 130 manuscripts.


MODERATOR

Fred S. GoldsteinFrederic S. Goldstein
President and Founder
Accountable Health
Jacksonville, Florida

Fred’s consulting practice focuses on Population Health and the intersection of health system design, data, and analytics and behavior change. He serves on the Graduate Faculty of the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the editorial board of the journal Population Health Management, the founding Advisory Board of Population Health News, the Best Practices Review Panel for the Institute for Medicaid Innovation, and as a judge for the Health Value Awards.

Register now! Improving Health Literacy: What Works & What Doesn’t. Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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The Social-Validation Feedback Loop

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Recently Sean Parker, the first President of Facebook, issued some harsh criticism of social networks in an interview on the website Axios. He claims they work to exploit “a vulnerability in human psychology” and that those networks will eventually “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible.”  He claims the networks do this by creating a system to generate addictive loops that “sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.”

That “social-validation feedback loop”, as Sean called it, is very powerful and used by all of the major social media sites which continue to grow and consume our time and attention. But what if we could take those same techniques Facebook used to grow to over 2 billion active users a month and applied them to something positive, like health education?

Recently, Tom Chamberlain, PharmD, CEO and Founder of EdLogics gave a presentation to the Global Action Summit on the Gamification of Health.  In his presentation, Dr. Chamberlain described various types of gaming technologies, such as Video Games, Mobile Apps, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Interactive Learning, and how they are being used in the medical field

Gaming Technologies

Chamberlain went on to discuss the key principles of gamification including instant rewards, milestones, status and competition and described how a “little dopamine hit” is generated through playing these games and through the use of gamification techniques.

Gamification Principles

Driving engagement and facilitating behavior changes are the “holy grails” of health improvement programs. If we can get individuals, employees, plan members, and/or communities more engaged in understanding and acting on their own health, we can see vast improvements in a population’s health and lowered costs. This is why the area of gamification is so exciting.

EdLogics is applying this “social validation feedback loop” to the problem of health literacy – the major issue associated with poor health outcomes and higher costs. It’s pretty clear that if a person does not understand their health, their health issues, the healthcare system or their health insurance, they won’t be able to maintain or improve their health, select the right provider, adhere to treatment, or more.

These approaches are not just fun and games when it comes to health, they are using real science in an effort to drive behavior change and improve one’s life.

If you’d like more information on the EdLogics platform for your employees, health plan or as a broker/consultant, please use the contact page.

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Fred Goldstein is the founder and president of Accountable Health, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm focused on population health. He has over 30 years of experience in population health, disease management, HMO and hospital operations. He is an expert in population health, care management...read more

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference

Population Health, Engagament and Patient Portals
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The 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference – commonly known as HiMSS –  was another huge conference that covered so much it was a bit overwhelming.  The number of presentations and vendor booths was incredible and the opportunity to review company IT offerings and network was amazing.

Population Health and Engagement were still major buzzwords at this year’s conference and I had the opportunity to review several of the population health management systems developed by major EMR companies and other vendors.

The focus of these platforms was still on registry type information with the ability to drill down for the doctor, nurse care manager or other.  This year many of the vendors highlighted their new dashboards and other graphical interfaces.  In reviewing these systems and speaking with others, we saw little evidence of user-friendly workflows or for that matter, any real attention paid to the patient.

From the patient perspective, while many of the platforms included patient portals that provided data, a communications component and some patient education – these components were not well thought out and clearly not engaging enough to sustain long term interaction.

In a population health based approach, the patient needs to be actively involved and engaged when they are not at the physician’s office. One of the components of this engagement strategy should be a portal with a solid user experience and relevant information. From years of research along with knowledge gleaned from the retail industry, we know what engages and activates people. Based on this knowledge, these portals should include a stronger focus on the look and feel of the site, the overall patient experience and flow, and leverage gamification, games and behavioral economics.

One simple way to “plug and play” these types of feature sets into the patient portal and add prescribed education to population health programs would be to integrate the EdLogics Platform.

The EdLogics platform greatly increases engagement and incentivizes interaction and learning wherever and whenever the patient is available, providing the education needed to change behaviors.

EdLogics Founder and CEO Tom Chamberlain was interviewed at HiMSS. Listen to the interview here.

Learn more about HiMSS.

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