Northwell Health has joined forces with NowPow, a Chicago-based startup, to help consumers acquire assistance in overcoming the social determinants of health. NowPow offers a platform that connects people to resources for chronic health and social conditions. The tool includes a community resource directory, social determinants of health screenings, resource matching algorithms, and closed loop referrals.
To kick off their partnership, Northwell will offer NowPow’s services to about 1,200 Medicaid consumers who are part of Health Home, its care coordination program that provides medical, mental health, addiction, social, and family support services. By drawing on diagnostic codes in medical records, NowPow will pinpoint these individuals’ most urgent non-medical needs, such as a lack of access to healthy food for those with diabetes. NowPow will then utilize algorithms to recommend community organizations that can provide help. The platform also takes the consumer’s geographic location, language spoken, and other factors into consideration.
Additionally, Northwell’s community-based partners in the Home Health program will have access to NowPow’s platform. Through the tool, Northwell providers and partners can track and share referrals, as well as view information on whether consumers accessed the community organizations’ resources.
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 700 outpatient facilities, and more than 13,600 affiliated physicians. Northwell Health strives to improve the health of the communities it serves and is committed to providing the highest quality clinical care; educating the current and future generations of health care professionals; searching for new advances in medicine through the conduct of bio-medical research; promoting health education; and caring for the entire community regardless of the ability to pay.
NowPow is a knowledge utility company that powers up communities by providing people the vital information they need to stay well and live long. NowPow’s multi-sided technology platform connects health care to self-care. By providing better access to the right resources, NowPow makes self-care simple for those that need it most.
This was reported by MedCity News on June 21, 2019.
Contact information: Northwell Health, 2000 Marcus Avenue, Lake Success, NY 11042; 516-321-6701; Website: www.northwell.edu