Innovator Interview: Jennifer Palazzolo, MPH

Innovator Name: Jennifer Palazzolo, MPHPosition: APCD Program Manager, Virginia Health InformationVHIN: What is the All Payer Claims Database (APCD)?    JP: The APCD combines paid medical and pharmacy claims from commercial and public payers such as Medicaid and, in the future, Medicare.  What’s exciting is that the APCD provides a system-wide view of health care that […]

Innovator Interview: Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH

 Innovator: Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPHPosition: Director of Delivery System Transformation, Office of Health Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVHIN: How do you define population health management?I view population health management as having two major components:Data-driven development and implementation of interventions to address the needs of subgroups of a population (such as individuals with chronic disease or at […]

Innovator Interview: Terrina Thomas

Innovator: Terrina Thomas, MS, CHESPosition: Director, Health and Preventive Services, Sentara HealthcareVHIN: As the winner of our Game-Changer Award in Employee Health, you know a little bit about how employers, healthcare providers, and health plans, can work together to improve population health! What are some “lessons learned” from your experience implementing Mission: Health?As you can […]

Developing a shared understanding of population health

by Stephen Horan, PhDThe term “population health” is creating a lot of buzz, along with some confusion.  It is important to understand population health and related concepts in order to anticipate where the health system is going, and envision the kinds of health innovations that are needed.   In this article we introduce some basic definitions […]

Practical strategies for implementing innovation

by Stephen Horan, PhD In a previous article we identified five questions that can help us make informed decisions about adopting promising innovations within our own organizations.  Once the decision is made to move forward with an innovation, it is important to use the right strategies to achieve the implementation goals.  In this article we define […]

Deciding whether to adopt an innovation

by Stephen Horan, PhDShould we adopt the patient centered medical home?  Should we adopt employee incentives for wellness? Should we adopt the latest evidence-based guidelines on community cancer screening?   Each of these questions involves a decision about whether to adopt an innovation.  How we make these decisions can have a profound impact on whether and […]

Innovator Interview: Tom Parry, PhD

Innovator: Tom Parry, PhDPosition: President & CEO, Integrated Benefits InstituteVHIN: IBI has been generating and disseminating research on employee health and productivity for more than 15 years.  Based on your experience, what are the most important things employers should know about the relationships between employee health, productivity, and business performance?TP: Employers should understand that research […]

Innovator Interview: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon Walker

Innovators: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon WalkerPosition: Project Consultants, Institute for Innovations in Caregiving VHIN: In your experience, what are the most common challenges family caregivers face?  What work is the Institute for Innovations In Caregiving project doing to help alleviate these challenges? LINDSAY:  Caregiver health will become an even more critical issue because the demographic data […]

Innovator Interview: David Coe

 Innovator Name: David CoePosition: Executive Director, Colonial Behavioral HealthVHIN: What are some of the most promising approaches to the integration of behavioral health and primary care?I go straight to the concept of integrated care coordination.  A particular strength of the behavioral health field is an ability to assist patients through the maze of services, providers, […]

Innovator Interview: Secretary William A. Hazel, Jr, MD

 Innovator Name: William A. Hazel, Jr., MDPosition: Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of VirginiaVHIN: Considering the delivery system changes underway and the move towards more team-based, coordinated, and integrated care, what should Virginia’s healthcare workforce look like over the next 5-10 years?Hazel: Due to the long lead time and expense of training health […]