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Three Ways Health Care Organizations Can Use Data to Promote Health Equity

By Sara Hallvik, MPH, Vice President, Analytics | Blog,  11/22/2021,   0 comments

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Achieving health equity requires dismantling the systems that prevent everyone from achieving health equity and building more equitable systems in partnership with the communities we serve. As health care organizations, we have a critical role to play in these efforts and data is a powerful tool to help us get there.

While powerful, we must also remember that there is a unique person behind every data point, a person whose health story may not be fully captured by data alone. So, what do we do? There are three primary ways health care organizations can use their data to illuminate and address health equity.




Better Maternal Health Means Providing Better Care Before Pregnancy

By Sara Hallvik, MPH, Vice President, Analytics
Blog,  09/08/2021,   0 comments

Sara will be moderating the panel discussion “Using Linked Health Data Sets for Population Health Science” at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) annual conference, Sept. 28-30, 2021.

There has been a lot of media coverage in the past several years about the shockingly high and increasing rate of maternal mortality in the United States, which inequitably impacts Black women, indigenous women and women of color. More than 700 women died from pregnancy…


How Misinformation Leads to Vaccine Hesitancy

By John Vassall, M.D., Physician Executive, Quality and Safety
Blog,  06/16/2021,   0 comments

We’re back for part two of our series with Dr. John H. Vassall, physician executive for Quality, Safety and Equity.

In our first conversation with Dr. Vassall, we covered the basics of vaccine safety and hesitancy. Dr. Vassall, one of our state’s top experts on vaccine safety, also shared his advice for discussing vaccines with loved ones.

These discussions are important, especially as we work toward full vaccination across Washington. In today’s post, we dive into how…

How to Address Vaccine Hesitancy With Your Loved Ones
As vaccinations ramp up, so do our hopes of putting the pandemic behind us. But our path to a post-pandemic Washington requires an all-in effort. And it’s one that may hit close… more
Building Successful Vendor Relationships
We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s director of Health IT Consulting, Nick Faulkner, to talk about how state and federal agencies can build successful collaborative… more
A Letter From Marc Bennett
Comagine Health President and CEO Marc Bennett sent this letter to employees the morning of April 20, 2021, prior to the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek… more
What the Data is Telling Us About Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s fair to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and is still forcing us to find new ways of being. New ways of being together, of being apart and being connected… more
“Permanent Expansion” of Medicare Telehealth Services Explained
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release about the Calendar Year 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2021 PFS) Final Rule titled… more
Get the Vaccine That’s Available Now: The Flu Shot
Marc Bennett President and CEO, Comagine Health Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber Health Care Policy Committee Andrew Croshaw CEO, Leavitt Partners Co-chairman, Salt Lake Chamber… more
COVID Conversation: Infection Prevention
We recently sat down with Comagine Health’s medical director for systemwide quality improvement, Dr. Sarah Woolsey, to talk about the importance of infection prevention during… more
Using Analytics to Manage Deferred Care During COVID-19
Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH Medical Director, Health Care Informatics
Expand Access and Capture Revenue: Five Medicare Telehealth Opportunities
Telehealth has been available for decades, but its use as an effective, person-centered modality to deliver health care services has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In… more
Stark Disparities Evident in COVID-19 Pandemic Among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
According to some studies, Native Americans have a 50% chance of being listed as the wrong race on medical records. A 2015 study of Oregon hospital discharge records found that… more