Innovator Interview: Terrina Thomas

Innovator: Terrina Thomas, MS, CHES Position: Director, Health and Preventive Services, Sentara Healthcare VHIN: 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? […]

Developing a shared understanding of population health

by Stephen Horan, PhD The 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 […]

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, PhD Stephen Horan, PhD Should 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 […]

Innovator Interview: Tom Parry, PhD

Tom Parry, PhD Innovator: Tom Parry, PhD Position: President & CEO, Integrated Benefits Institute VHIN: 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? […]

Innovator Interview: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon Walker

Innovators: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon Walker Position: 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 […]

Innovator Interview: David Coe

David Coe   Innovator Name: David Coe Position: Executive Director, Colonial Behavioral Health VHIN: 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 […]

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

Secretary William A. Hazel, Jr., MD   Innovator Name: William A. Hazel, Jr., MD Position: Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia VHIN: 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 […]

Innovator Interview: Saria Saccocio, MD

Saria Saccocio, MD Innovator Name: Saria Saccocio, MD, MHA Position: Chief Medical Officer, Danville Regional Medical Center VHIN: What do you think are the biggest opportunities for employers, health care providers, and health plans, to work together to improve population health? SS: Vulnerability will be crucial to creating and sustaining an impact on population health. […]

Innovator Interview: Chas Roades

Chas Roades   Innovator Name: Chas Roades Position: Chief Research Officer, The Advisory Board Company         VHIN: What do you think are the biggest opportunities for employers, health care providers, and health plans, to work together to improve population health? CR: The biggest opportunity for collaboration is the overall shift of the […]

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