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 Telemedicine
    Publication Date: July 17, 2009

    FAST Detailed Technology Analysis - Home Telehealth

    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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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 30, 2009

    Healthy People in a Healthy Economy: A Blueprint for Action in Massachusetts

    The Boston Paradox report, published in 2007 by NEHI and the Boston Foundation, demonstrated that Massachusetts has plenty of health care but not enough health. The economic recession has only put challenges related to unhealthy behaviors - and resulting chronic illness - into starker relief. Healthy People in a Healthy Economy offers a blueprint for action that will help connect the missing links between health, healthy behaviors and a healthy economy.
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  • Themes Health Reform Patient Engagement Waste
    Publication Date: May 26, 2009

    Remaking Primary Care: From Crisis to Opportunity

    This report focuses on the factors contributing to the failure of our current primary care system and offers innovative approaches to reform its design and delivery.
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  • Themes Patient Engagement Technology Adoption Telemedicine
    Publication Date: January 22, 2009

    FAST Update: 2008-2009 Candidate Technologies

    The FAST search for promising technologies initiated in 2008 was focused on identifying telemedicine technologies specifically used to treat chronic disease. The FAST team reviewed over 100 health care technologies in this area, narrowing them to the 11 most promising candidates detailed in this report.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Telemedicine
    Publication Date: January 21, 2009

    Remote Physiological Monitoring: Research Update

    Updated research on RPM technologies, emphasizing the cost effectiveness of RPM use compared to standard care and disease management practices, as well as remaining barriers to its adoption.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Healthcare Spending Waste
    Publication Date: July 29, 2008

    The Wasteland of Health Care

    This graphic displays the most significant areas of waste in health care as identified by NEHI's research in this area.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 1, 2007

    The Boston Paradox: Lots of Health Care, Not Enough Health

    Health care resources are being devoted to treatment -- and not prevention -- of chronic disease, which is impacting economic competitiveness.
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  • Themes Evidence-based Medicine Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: August 29, 2006

    Challenges in Vaccine Policy: A Case Study of the HPV Vaccine

    The HPV vaccine's immense promise in preventing cervical cancer -- and the barriers to its widespread adoption -- make it an ideal vehicle for implementing important improvements to the U.S. immunization system.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Telemedicine
    Publication Date: March 1, 2005

    Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Innovation in the Management of Diabetes

    CGM devices have potential to be highly valuable and cost-effective tools in managing diabetes.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Telemedicine
    Publication Date: July 1, 2004

    Remote Physiological Monitoring: Innovation in the Management of Heart Failure

    RPM provides substantial benefits to the health care system by reducing the number of hospital visits, length of stay and health care costs -- while improving quality of life -- for heart failure patients.
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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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