A Kiss is Still a Kiss, Even in Pharma

Cyndy Nayer co-authors this post with Leonard Kish of Viva Phi The kiss in the song from classic movie Casablanca is, at its essence, the seal of approval on a relationship. The kiss symbolizes shared reward (love, potentially) and risk (two souls who share a common set of values but now … More

Viva Phi and Center of Health Engagement Join Forces

Better Health by Enabling Better Decisions and Experiences FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VivaPhi and the Center of Health Engagement announce their strategic partnership to define and deliver a networked, learning, and value-based health system.  The partnership will engage in research using health data to develop insights into how health care decisions … More

Getting to Health Value with Social Determinants of Health

by Leonard Kish and Cyndy NayerTuesday, May 27, 2014 Published on ihealthbeat.org We hear a lot about the economic drain of health care, but what we may be seeing is the actual confirmation of the economic power in providing health care. In economic terms, there’s a very high opportunity cost … More

Family and Business Dysfunction

population health focuses on patterns and outliers for improved outcomes

from Forbes, a picture of the total impact of experiences and influences Kathy Caprino, on Forbes, writes of the similarities between business and family dysfunction, and particularly of the need to resolve the issues to succeed in personal and business relationships. I highlight it here as a foil for some … More

Testing the Population Health Maps

Seeking feedback about the maps to understand population health

In an effort to improve the health engagement messages that we send out, I’m experimenting with new competencies in population health mapping–and I’m starting with the mental health opportunities from nationally public data, 2012. Engagement means that we have conversations in which the patient and the physician are equals in the discussion, building trust and understanding of the issues in the patient’s life that are often much more than clinical diagnosis.  These conversations then lead to a mutually agreed upon path of action.  Without trust, there will be discord; the patient and the provider will move in ways that are not synced, and neither will get to the better health outcomes that both seek.

Please let me know your thoughts: does this improve your understanding of population health? As we look for patterns and opportunities, will geographic information help you in developing value-based designs to engage people, providers, plans and products for better outcomes?

SRII Hackathon and Global Health Conference Mar 25-27, 2015

SRII Global Conference 2015

We are expanding the conference with workgroups and more! Delighted to be a part of the Leadership Team for the SRII Global Health Conference, which will again this year include a hackathon. And I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve been tasked with creating an innovation workshop that will … More

Distressing: Disease-Related Facebook Pages

How disease-focused Facebook pages are used

Nayer’s view of the impact of Facebook pages created to support chronic care This article on how disease-related Facebook pages are used just came to my desk.  Normally, I bookmark and save for a later date.  But as a value-based innovator in consumer engagement, I found this picture to be … More

Podcast: Value-Based Contract Model for Sovaldi

Nayer Constructs an Innovative Contract for Sovaldi

David Harlow, of The HealthBlawg, one of the 100 most influential blogs in health care reformRecently I was interviewed for my take on the outcomes-based contract for Sovaldi.  My long-time colleague, David Harlow, was intrigued with the idea of a value-based, sequenced innovative contract scheme for Sovaldi, the $84,000 treatment that promises a cure for HepC. In case you don’t know, David’s blog is called The HealthBlawg, and it’s one of the most influential blogs for health care reform.   Listen here for our discussion.



Doctor Service as Priceline? Engagement!

Consumers are taking control of the pricing and access, driving the value-based decisions The Washington Post is reporting the upswing in a new trend:  patients are posting services needed and doctors are competing for the job, much like Priceline. Now, if we really want to see improved consumerism and patient … More

Gender Split on Economic Issues, Predicts Poorer Health Outcomes

WSJ survey was info for the midterms, but it says so much more about long-term consequences in health The Wall Street Journal publishes this comparison of gender views of American economic issues, showing women have much less confidence in success. Folks were asked “which view of America is closer to your … More