Archive for the ‘Center for Total Health’ Category
If you have ever wondered what astronauts do to stay fit and healthy, you are not alone. At Kaiser Permanente, we are passionate supporters of the Every Body Walk! campaign, and being at this NASA event today, we can’t help but wonder what you can do in space to maintain strength.
As it turns out, Every Body Walks…even in space! According to this video, astronauts walk and run while at the International Space Station via a specially-rigged treadmill. Check it out.
Interested in the day-to-day life of astronauts? You can follow the current round of astronauts at the International Space Station on Twitter. See their handles in the graphic below.
Today, the Center for Total Health is hosting the “Accelerating Innovation” event, presented by the NASA Human Health and Performance Center. The NASA Human Health and Performance Center is a virtual center that brings organizations together to advance human health and performance applications related to space and life on Earth. Member organizations address global issues and spaceflight challenges, share best practices, and post collaborative projects that accelerate innovation.
This is the second event NASA has held at the Center for Total Health, and this year’s program features speakers from Harvard Business School, Jump Associates, Inc., the Conrad Foundation, and NASA. A panel of executives from industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations will discuss models for accelerating innovation across sectors, and interactive breakout sessions addressing successful business models for advancing innovation in various types of organizations will be conducted in the afternoon.
Follow the event on Twitter via hash tag #nasahealth, or follow us at @kptotalhealth for updates. And check back here for other event coverage.
The 2013 Walking Summit (hosted by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and Kaiser Permanente) took place in our nation’s capitol this week, drawing together walking enthusiasts, activists and community leaders to address the importance and many health benefits of walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Another big topic at the summit: Addressing the challenges to walking presented by infrastructure, and how to create safer and more walkable communities.
Participants attempted to reach the core of what makes communities walkable, and what motivates individuals to walk every day. They recognized that a multitude of factors impact the walkability of communities, often making daily walks challenging for individuals. The Summit provided a unique opportunity for leaders and advocates to discuss how to develop walking strategies, increase momentum for current walking movements, showcase best practices from their own communities, and make a commitment together to achieve healthier cities nationwide.
Summit speakers included U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (2009-2013); mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray; and Kaiser Permanente Chairman George Halvorson. Attendees also were treated to a dance-walk led by the Dance Walk Guru Master, who has been featured on national news outlets, to get them up and moving during the conference.
The 12th annual National Quality Colloquium, which took place September 18 to 20, in the Washington, D.C., area, brought together more than 280 attendees onsite and virtually – thought leaders from the nation’s premier health care organizations, the government, and other agencies. The meeting brought together people from all aspects of the health sector – from clinicians and health system administrators, to patient advocates; from quality assurance and risk management experts to health policy researchers.
Over the course of three days, Colloquium speakers discussed a variety of the most current and pressing health care topics, including:
• best practices in successful patient safety and quality improvement programs;
• accelerating implementation of evidence-based practices and guidelines; and
• critical assessment of models of care to improve standardization, transitions of care and accountability, and to reduce costs
Keynote speaker was Bernadette Loftus, MD, associate executive director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, who presented “Leaping the Knowing-Doing Gap: Using Data and Transparency to Forge Rapid Quality and Safety Improvements.” Another highlight was the Innovation Consultancy’s Scott Heisler, RN, MBA, and Laura Janisse, MFA, who presented “From Chaos to Calm: How Standardizing the Admit Process Supports the Care Team and the Patient.”
A special opening night networking reception was held at the Center for Total Health for Colloquium attendees, as well as area quality and patient safety leaders.
This week in our spotlight series on innovators, we interviewed Mikki Nasch, CEO of AchieveMint.
Nasch has more than 20 years experience in technology startups and growth, and a particular expertise in mobile health. She leads AchieveMint, a platform to encourage and support healthy activity and behavior. AchieveMint also aggregates data to drive recommendations for new applications and activities that are helping users get and stay healthier. The more data you log, the more you will learn. Our interview with Nasch is below.
First, please tell us a little about yourself and why you became interested in health and technology.
For most of my career I’ve worked with technology companies and I’ve seen amazing improvements technology can bring. As a nation, we are getting more and more unhealthy. AchieveMint is a way to harness the power of technology to help people get healthier in a positive way; we have mastered influence in marketing to get people to buy what we would like them to buy, focusing all of those smarts on the healthcare challenge will move the needle.
Being an entrepreneur must be very rewarding and exciting, but also quite challenging. What is the passion that drives you?
Our nation is on a health decline. Obesity, disease and chronic pain are all on the rise. This makes our mission so important — being able to focus all of our experience in the marketing world to solve a meaningful problem really fulfills me. We have proved that this positive support toward health goals helps people achieve them faster and stay committed. That’s what drives me.
How did you get into your current field? How long have you been working for this company?
I’ve been working in high technology startups for much of my career. I wanted the opportunity to use technology to help people get healthier. In 2008 I began working in health with Diabetes, and learned that, with a little help, we could massively improve people’s quality of life, and we began designing the system that would be able to facilitate that. It all goes back to the AchieveMint mission of rewarding people for getting healthier. You can check out our website at http://www.achievemint.com.
What do you think is the most exciting innovation or trend happening in health care right now?
We are at the beginning of what promises to be a disruption in healthcare. Consumers are just getting the opportunity to learn from their own health data, and I see that expanding. Consumers are also being given the opportunity to engage in their health for financial benefits from insurers, giving them more reason to care.
What an empowered consumer could mean to the industry as a whole will be defined over the next few years, but it will not be business as usual. What we are doing is crowdsourcing the data to drive recommendations; AchieveMint users get recommendations about what else they could be doing to improve their health. This is a microcosm of what will be happening across the board in the coming years on a massive scale.
It’s individualized and data driven. That’s exciting.
Describe your vision of the future of health or health care.
I see a future where individuals have evidenced-based data to help them be healthier; where the consumer understands his or her responsibility in improving outcomes, and where the whole community joins in the common goal of improved outcomes.
At Kaiser Permanente, we think of “total health” as a combination of mind, body and spirit. What does total health mean to you?
We agree that it’s a combination of mind, body and spirit, but you also have to add social. How the combination works is nuanced for every individual, and changes much like the seasons – services need to be attuned to understanding the nuance, and be able to adjust.
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