MIT Sloan Designing for Health Conference 2018
The transition of health systems from fee-for-service to value-based payments requires major redesign. Current health systems are reactive, over-utilizing expensive medical care, especially for people with chronic conditions. Future health systems will have to transform to be proactive in managing the health of populations – well and ill, rich and poor, young and old— and still meet outcome and sustainable economic goals.
The public, providers, payers and especially governments now recognize that social determinants of health (e.g., housing, nutrition, pollution) dramatically affect the quality of an individual’s and a community’s health, even more so than traditional healthcare. However what is less clear is how to scientifically predict and measure which social and public health interventions would lead to the best health outcomes for all. In fact, while anecdotal and qualitative observations are suggestive, there is little rigorous evidence on the quality and economics of a proactive health system: one that integrates many of today’s isolated medical, social, and public health services.
This conference brought together practitioners, government and industry leaders with MIT faculty, students and alumni to highlight applied academic research, industry innovations and policy perspectives on:
● How to better quantify effects of social determinants of health on outcomes and costs
● How analytics, technology, workforce and process innovation apply to designing and assessing proactive interventions in health systems
● Policies needed to enable proactive systemic interventions with analytics-based evidence
● How ecosystem collaborations can accelerate innovation towards proactive health system
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Photos from the Designing for Health conference held in Cambridge on December 6, 2018. Photo credit: L. Barry HetheringtonView here