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Struggling to keep your partners accountable? Learn how this UK hospital "sweetened" the deal with GPs.

Vidal Seegobin May 16, 2019

The rising challenges in health care expose a global truth: Few providers will be able to solve health care's problems alone.

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How this Israeli health system gave primary care a seat at the table, and how you can too

by Paul Trigonoplos May 9, 2019

There's a global push for integrated health networks tasked with managing a population's health to budget. In every version—Integrated Care Systems in England, Ontario Health Teams in Canada, Accountable Care Organisations in the United States, etc.—governments are pushing hospitals to partner across the continuum to find success.

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Want to invest in social prescribing? It's not all about the money.

Vidal Seegobin May 2, 2019

In two research studies this year, the Global Forum investigated the connection between health and non-health care services. As care providers, we are waking up to the impact that social determinants of health have on clinical outcomes. Accordingly, many health systems are now trying to figure out how to bridge that divide—and one of the most novel and interesting concepts to do so is social prescribing.

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This virtual service cut unnecessary post-op visits by 90%. (And you can do it too.)

by Rachel Zuckerman and Solomon Banjo April 11, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 7, 2019.

The patient pathway for most orthopaedic procedures has been largely unchanged for decades: patients attend pre-operative visits, then the surgery itself, and then ongoing post-op check-ins to assess their recovery.

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How one behavioural health intervention has reached over 7M UK citizens

by Liz Roberts March 28, 2019

Demand for mental health care in on the rise around the world. In the UK alone, mental health is the largest single cause of disability—an estimated one-in-four UK citizens will experience a mental health crisis each year, contributing nearly 23% of the country's total disease burden. At the same time, WHO reports that nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental health disorder will never see treatment for their condition.

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3 insights from Ontario's big health policy shake-up

by Paul Trigonoplos, Rachel Zuckerman, and Vidal Seegobin March 21, 2019

Earlier this month, Ontario's government introduced Bill 74, or The People's Health Care Act. The widely anticipated proposal lays the groundwork for the creation of two new-in-kind population health entities:

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How Brazil's community health agents became 'the most successful example of primary care reform in the world'

by Paul Trigonoplos and Vidal Seegobin March 15, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on July 11, 2019.

Brazil's health care problems in the 1990s mirror the challenges that most industrialised countries are facing today. As Brazil's population boomed, hospitals did too, pushing aside traditional providers of primary care and leaving the acute sector to tend to basic health needs, often at too high a cost. As a result, millions of citizens—especially those in poor, urban settings—struggled to access the basic and preventive care that primary care provides.

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Think you can't customise care to each of your patients? Think again.

by Rachel Zuckerman and Solomon Banjo February 14, 2019

We know that a one-size-fits-all approach to health care doesn't work. Even patients with similar conditions and backgrounds can respond differently to the same intervention or treatment.

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