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 Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending Health Reform Innovation in Public Health
    Publication Date: May 8, 2015

    Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Healthcare Delivery

    Community health workers (CHWs) have been on the front lines of health care delivery for decades, serving as a vital link between providers and the surrounding communities. This issue brief summarizes the history of CHWs and includes key findings from two day-long convenings in October 2014 and April 2015.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: June 24, 2014

    Healthy People - Healthy Economy Annual Report Card 2014

    Annual report card of Massachusetts measures around health focuses on physical activity, access to healthy food, investments in health, education, and a new emphasis on disease prevention and wellness. The report now is structured around Early Childhood, Schools, Food, Healthy Living by Design, and Public Health and Health Care. See this year's grades and how the Commonwealth is faring along these measures.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 1, 2013

    Healthy People Healthy Economy: Third Annual Report Card

    Third 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 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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