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Texas Health Unveils Center for Population Health

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2013

"We did this to be able to bring together the pieces that would allow us to convert thinking into execution. Rather than going from pillar to post to find pieces that would make our value case, we're organizing the pieces around innovation and improving the population's wellbeing," he says. "This will allow us to move more swiftly yet deliberately."

The Center is intended to remake incentives that push caregivers to provide specific interventions reimbursed as part of a care episode into incentives that favor prevention, well-being, and better management of chronic disease and post-acute care.

It will house Texas Health's research and medical education activities as well as technology initiatives for interdisciplinary clinical research, analytics, predictive modeling, data management and remote patient monitoring. Community health and faith-based outreach activities will also be coordinated through the Center.

One example of an initiative that will be coordinated by the Center is the recently launched Blue Zone Project with the city of Fort Worth. The Blue Zone Project aims to improve the overall well-being of the community by creating collaborative efforts involving local government agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community-based organizations. The Blue Zone Project was launched in partnership with Healthways Inc., a provider of well-being improvement solutions with which Texas Health already has a 10-year cooperative contract. Texas Health funded the initial assessment of Fort Worth as a possible Blue Zone Project city.

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