Blue Defend of California launches interactive neighborhood well being dashboard


Blue Defend of California has launched a web based dashboard that tracks a slew of neighborhood well being wants and makes that knowledge accessible publicly.

The dashboard, in-built partnership with knowledge firm mySidewalk, combines info from dozens of sources to offer a take a look at well being outcomes, care entry and utilization, social danger elements and financial well being circumstances throughout California.

The aim, Blue Defend officers stated, is to supply helps to neighborhood well being organizations, well being advocates suppliers and public well being officers as they craft options focusing on native wants. The info just isn’t restricted Blue Defend’s members.

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The insurer created the dashboard as a part of its broader Well being Reimagined initiative, which goals to take an area method to remodeling healthcare.

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One of many challenges and inspirations behind the dashboard is taking insights on particular person members and extrapolating that to broader neighborhood considerations, Peter Lengthy, Ph.D., senior vice chairman of healthcare and neighborhood transformation at Blue Defend of California, advised Fierce Healthcare. 

“One of many conundrums has been, ‘How do you progress from a person to these elements within the neighborhood?'” Lengthy stated.

Lengthy stated that the info included within the dashboard was beforehand publicly accessible by means of neighborhood wants assessments and different analyses, however bringing that collectively within the platform makes it each simpler for neighborhood well being advocates to find and extra actionable for them to make use of.

A person enters the ZIP code they need to additional analysis and the platform generates an interactive dashboard particular to that locality. Whereas mySidewalk has entry to some-3,000 knowledge units, Lengthy stated they centered on 100 key elements for the neighborhood dashboard.

Insights embrace poverty charges, early baby outcomes and regional demographics.

Whereas neighborhood organizations can harness the info to achieve folks dwelling of their neighborhoods, providing the info to suppliers as nicely permits them to adapt extra successfully to native wants.

“It actually does allow them to tailor the options in a method that’s going to make them more likely to work,” Lengthy stated.


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