Promoting Health and Wellness

NEHI research and analysis promotes the adoption of evidence-based policy and practices for health promotion, the prevention of chronic disease and reducing health risks such as obesity. Current NEHI projects focus on the unique social, political and business challenges of sustaining effective, multi-factor strategies that will improve health at the local and regional level, and enhance the positive determinants of health that research has shown exert a more decisive influence on patient health and medical spending than medical care itself.

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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Hospital Readmissions
    Publication Date: September 25, 2012

    ADOPT Toolkit

    The website will offer tools in four discreet technology areas: remote patient monitoring (RPM), medication optimization, care transitions, and mobile health. RPM tools are now available online and tools for mobile health technologies will be available in November. NEHI, with its deep portfolio of research indentifying valuable but under used technologies and barriers to their adoption, served in an advisory role on the Toolkit project. In addition, NEHI partnered with Atrius Health in Massachusetts on a study, funded by CTA, of the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic illnesses. NEHI's Remote Patient Monitoring Project Press Release ADOPT Toolkit Website
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 19, 2012

    Healthy People Healthy Economy: Second Annual Report Card

    Second Annual Report Card, which tracks progress over 14 policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Patient Engagement Technology Adoption Telemedicine
    Publication Date: June 13, 2012

    Getting to Value: Eleven Chronic Disease Technologies to Watch

    This report examines eleven emerging technologies that have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Healthcare Spending Health Reform
    Publication Date: April 26, 2012

    2012 Innovation Barometer

    A national survey of 500 opinion leaders shows strong support for using innovative solutions to increase efficiency and control costs in health care.
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  • Themes Medication Adherence Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: September 22, 2011

    Roadmap to Improved Patient Medication Adherence

    The Roadmap to Improved Patient Medication Adherence outlines a system-wide strategy for making improved adherence an integral part of health reform. The Roadmap, developed by NEHI in collaboration with a broad range of adherence stakeholders, identifies six "golden opportunities" for improving adherence by harnessing and coordinating major policies in health reform with ongoing trends in the health care marketplace.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: July 19, 2011

    Healthy People Healthy Economy First Annual Report Card

    First annual report card on Massachusetts' wellness policies.
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  • Themes Patient Engagement Technology Adoption Telemedicine
    Publication Date: November 30, 2010

    FAST Adoption of Significant Technologies One Page Summary

    A joint partnership of NEHI, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Health Technology Center, FAST identifies and rates high-potential, underused medical technologies according to the patient population served, impact on outcomes, potential cost savings and barriers to adoption. By directing spending at high value areas, FAST is improving health care delivery and helping private payers make informed coverage decisions.
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  • Themes Health Reform Medication Adherence Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: September 23, 2010

    Medication Adherence and Care Teams: A Call for Demonstration Projects

    This report explains why care teams can help improve medication adherence and calls for more research on how to best use care teams in a wide variety of clinical settings.
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  • Themes Health Reform Patient Engagement Waste
    Publication Date: January 20, 2010

    Remaking Primary Care: A Framework for the Future

    This report delves into the basis of the current crisis in primary care and offers solutions for the future.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Telemedicine
    Publication Date: July 17, 2009

    FAST Detailed Technology Analysis - Tele-stroke

    During 2008-2009, NEHI's Fast Adoption of Significant Technologies (FAST) initiative focused on telemedicine technologies that address chronic disease. Chronic disease is of particular concern because of the growing prevalence of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease and the mounting costs these preventable conditions generate in the health care system. NEHI reviewed over 100 telemedicine technologies, identified the eleven considered most promising, and then examined in detail the two that were highest rated, Tele-stroke and Home Telehealth. NEHI completed Detailed Technology Analyses of each.
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NEHI'S Impact

In the Media

"'Anything that drives up costs has got to be a concern, and diabetes, which is still pretty much uncontrolled, is driving up those costs,” says [Healthy People/Healthy Economy Report Card] report author Tom Hubbard, a senior program director at NEHI.'"-WBUR CommonHealth Blog 

On National Policy 

On September 10, NEHI Executive Director Valerie Fleishman testified at the Massachusetts State House before the Joint Committee on Public Health at a hearing on House Bill 2634, An Act to Promote Healthy People and a Healthy Economy in Massachusetts, filed by Representative Kay Khan

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