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Beyond the Exam Room: How Health Records Reflect Wider Social Conditions

April 24, 2019

Imagine experiencing stomach pain so severe you visit the hospital emergency department (ED) for help. Doctors and nurses conduct all the right tests, but they can’t identify a cause for your distress, so they give you antacids and send you home. A week later, the pain returns—and you’re back in the ED.

Now, imagine if one of those staff members asked you a simple question: “When was the last time you ate?” Your answer could reveal the true problem: painful hunger due to food insecurity, a social problem affecting 40 million Americans, according to federal estimates. Chances are, you would be a familiar face in the ED until that very basic need was met.

“We have to look at the whole person and all of their needs,” says Lori Petersen, business analyst at Alliance for Better Health, a performing provider system (PPS) in New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. Read more…

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We are a collaborative, high-performing, regional network of organizations that provide social services (access to food, shelter, transportation, etc.) to the underserved communities spanning Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga counties. A community convener, Alliance brings together health providers of all kinds – medical, social, and behavioral – to cultivate sustainable, community-wide solutions that better health.

We assist (our community members + partners), we advise (where necessary), we augment (when invited to do so), we assess (to offer feedback about our shared progress), and we take accountability for the health of our community.

HOW IT WORKS

The work we do is largely possible thanks to Healthy Together, Alliance’s free referral platform, used to connect thousands of community members in need to our growing network of organizations ready and willing to help. Healthy Together links health providers of all kinds (from regional hospitals to local food pantries and everyone in between), so that basic human needs – not just medical ones – are met timely and with kindness.

 

 

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At the very foundation of our company is a shared belief that we exist only because we continue to foster real change for our community’s most vulnerable. Our hypothesis, which is part of a growing trend, is that by addressing social needs (access to healthy food, stable housing, job training, etc.) before they evolve into medical problems (routine – costly – trips to the emergency department for warmth during cold, winter months for the homeless population, etc.) will improve the overall health of our communities, while reducing medical costs for all.


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