Guiding Principles of First in Health
First in Health emphasizes prevention, intervention and coordination
Prevention includes encouraging screening for disease so that it can be treated at early stages, monitoring indicators such as levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and body weight, and scheduling regular physical exams.
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Intervention includes efficient, timely, targeted treatment of chronic diseases such asthma, diabetes and heart disease to improve quality-of-life and control costs. The foundation of this approach is the development of actionable data delivered to the point-of-care, hands-on case managers who work closely with employees and dependents on a personal basis, and a population-based approach that provides clear, system-wide focus.
Coordination means helping people navigate the health care system and harmonizing the efforts of primary care doctors, specialists and health care facilities. The program will place strong emphasis on sharing data through emerging HIT tools and managing health care transitions, e.g., the discharge of patients from in-patient facilities.