In a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Waller found if high-utilizing healthcare users were provided with appropriate and timely care, patient outcomes were improved, hospital visits were drastically reduced, and healthcare costs dropped significantly (2011). The study focused on high frequency utilizers of...

  The Ontario government has identified that understanding and being able to identify who high-cost users (HCUs) are would help inform policy making and better management of healthcare resource utilization. A study by Rais et al. found that HCUs in Ontario (1.5% of the Ontario population),...

  Emerging information technologies are changing the healthcare landscape. Some of these trends include: big data analysis, cloud computing in healthcare, and health sensing technologies (Chen et. al., 2015). Health sensing devices have given the consumer the power to track their own physical, mental and physiological...

Accessible and affordable transportation, safe and habitable housing, access to nutritious food, public safety, quality education, and exposure to drugs and violence - these all impact a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Healthcare systems in North America are currently working to improve population health with...