Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Is the healthcare industry pushing a rock up a hill? We collectively are trying to provide healthcare with improved quality and reduced cost, but the structure of the nation’s healthcare system remains heavily siloed with the social determinants of health often falling wholly or partly outside the mandate and reach of the healthcare delivery system. Bernard Tyson of Kaiser on Monday noted studies that health is determined approximately 30% by family history and genetics, with the majority of the healthcare impact coming approximately 40% from personal behavior, 20% from environmental factors and 10% from healthcare services. So, the playing field, if the above numbers are correct, is tilted much more toward nurture, rather than nature. While we are aware of some hospitals starting to provide housing or other limited services to address the needs of their community and therefore also to address healthcare cost containment, those examples are the exception to date, rather than the rule.David Feinberg of Geisinger shared with the conference attendees several interesting initiatives that provide a more holistic approach. First, as to genetics, Geisinger is starting to do full DNA sequencing on some of its patients, with about 150,000 patients… Read full this story
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