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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Using Data to Improve Health and Well-Being

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health is expanding our focus from the acute-care setting to address the broader challenge of improving overall well-being. Well-being is defined as a combination of physical health, emotional, financial, social and work-related factors.

We are taking a science-based, data-driven approach to understanding well-being. Physicians are involved in every aspect of this data analysis because they are the ones who will act on the information we are able to provide.

Texas Health is working with our partner Healthways to create a system of advanced predictive modeling based on data from health insurance claims, biometrics and health risk assessments. This will assist physicians in determining who is at high risk today, and, more importantly, who is likely to be at high risk tomorrow.

“Seeing” into the future through predictive models will enable physicians to intervene before a serious problem occurs. That is where we can make a real impact on the health of individuals and populations.

This is all part of our physician-directed population health management model. We provide the data, tools and interventional capabilities that enable physicians to direct an extended team who will work with individuals at risk to improve their physical health and overall well-being.

To learn more about how you can improve well-being, visit

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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