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Doc puts focus on pop health

August 14, 2014
by Neil Versel
Healthcare IT News

He wants feedback on whether patients take care of themselves in their daily lives, since most health practices take place outside of hospitals and clinics. Actual care delivery, Nash said, "That's only 15 percent of the story." Yet, 88 percent of health-related spending in the U.S. goes to medical services, with just 4 percent to healthy behaviors, according to a 2013 report on obesity from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nash noted.

[See also: Data is key to population health management.]

"It's not about what goes on in the hospital. Health is wrapped up into everything that we're all about," Nash said. "Outside of the box of the hospital, that's really where the action is."

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