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Is economic vitality related to citizen wellness? Absolutely.

Healthy residents help sustain economic vitality. But everywhere, systems of care face common struggles to maintain collective health: costs that outpace value, the challenges of an aging population, an upsurge in chronic disease.

Communities of care

The search for a more efficient way to improve outcomes and deliver greater value has inspired Smarter Care, which emphasizes collaboration across the boundaries of government, social programs, life sciences, health plans and providers. Data—existing and new, from many sources—is shared and analyzed to reveal insights that can lead to community wellness.

Advanced analytics and cognitive computing can uncover valuable patterns related to life choices, social determinants and clinical factors. This knowledge is used to take a more holistic approach to individuals' care, and can lead to an evolution in care delivery with the potential for more effective outcomes and lower costs. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, an ounce of perspective extracted from a ton of data is priceless in potential savings.

Smarter Care enables new business and financial models that encourage interaction among government and social programs, healthcare practitioners and facilities, insurers, employers, life sciences companies and citizens themselves. When all work together—to share knowledge and data, to understand risks within populations and the needs of individuals—wellness and community vitality can thrive.

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17.6% of US GDP consumed by healthcare spending

Systems of care around the world need change