Catalyzing a new business of health: a platform to discover and advance interventions that support health drivers
Research shows that as much as 80% to 90% of our health is determined by nonmedical factors such as smoking, access to healthy food, housing and transportation — also known as health drivers. That means only 10% to 20% of our health relates directly to medical care, where the vast majority of health-focused dollars are actually spent.
Although there is a lot more research and evidence on how to implement interventions that focus on health drivers, the majority of efforts still focus on hospital and doctor visits, not on where you eat, live or exercise.
Factor Health focuses on those health drivers and creates a platform for community-based organizations addressing these social needs and potential short-term funders, long-term payers and partners interested in improving health care systems. These organizations and payers — along with several different investors, partners and national experts — work toward long-term solutions that will create sustainable health and funding models outside of the clinic. These models will become the catalyst for a new type of business in the health care industry — models that can be re-created and implemented by many other organizations and payers in any city.
Factor Health is a partnership between Dell Medical School and the Episcopal Health Foundation. It launched in Austin, Texas, in January 2019, followed with an expansion to Houston.
Nonmedical drivers play an outsized role in influencing health outcomes, but that’s not where we are investing resources. Factor Health addresses that imbalance by bringing ideas together with expertise and funding to drive better health outcomes.
Mini Kahlon, Ph.D., Vice Dean for the Health Ecosystem