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For a decade now, Partners has been extending care beyond the walls of our facilities to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital. Today, this practice is commonly known as "population health." And it's working.

Eric M. Weil, a primary care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, says "The goal is to prevent admission to the hospital by moving farther upstream and taking steps that would make bad outcomes less likely later on." Partners' data show a 20% lower rate of hospitalization within facilities where proactive patient monitoring and care coordination has been implemented.

"The goal is to prevent admission to the hospital by moving farther upstream and taking steps that would make bad outcomes less likely later on."

Eric M. Weil, Primary Care Doctor, Massachusetts General Hospital

This proactive approach not only keeps patients healthier, but helps lower costs. For every $1 spent on "extras" like home visits and increased staffing, Partners has saved $2.65. See how else we're working to improve population health by providing easier access to mental healthcare, harnessing big data, and getting patients more engaged.

Read the entire U.S. News & World Report here.