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Health 2.0 Exchange Connects Consumer Ehealth Innovators with Beacon Communities

Pierce Graham-Jones | September 26, 2011

This past weekend, the Beacon Community Program headed to the 5th Annual Health 2.0 Conference, a leading gathering of people working to leverage the power of consumer technology to drive health care improvement. As part of the proceedings, the Health 2.0 organizers hosted the first-ever “Beacon Innovation Exchange.” Over the course of an open five-hour meeting, six of the Beacon Communities met and exchanged ideas with more than 50 consumer ehealth technology companies. They had some coordination and facilitation help from three organizations who make it their job to understand this industry – Health 2.0,

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Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest Uses Past Successes to Improve Care

Dr. Daniel Hansen | September 23, 2011

As the Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) began establishing its Beacon Community—the Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest (BCIN)–we knew at least one thing: Evidence-based clinical best practices combined with a technology-based care coordination process could help improve patient outcomes.  How did we know?  INHS had already achieved successes for injured workers through its Centers for Occupational Health & Education (COHE).

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New Mobile App Will Use Texting for Diabetes Management

| June 24, 2011

Health care improvement often refers to the process of making changes to the way health care is delivered by providers.  But actions to improve and reform the health care delivery system can only go so far. As Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services often reminds us, the delivery system doesn’t have much control over the biggest factors that influence a person’s overall health. For example, a doctor doesn’t decide what each of their patients eats,

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