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IBM Health Corps and Duke Health

2017
United States

Durham, North Carolina is a community rich with resources, organizations, and passionate individuals committed to strengthening the community fabric. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Culture of Health” award winner, Durham is celebrated for its community-driven efforts to create a healthier community.

Despite this progress, disparities persist in terms of poverty, access to health insurance, affordable housing, and morbidity and mortality. As part of its “Advancing Health Together” strategy, Duke Health has committed to improving health in the broader geographic community and working beyond medical and clinical care to include the social determinants of health.

To facilitate this plan, IBM Health Corps partnered with Duke Health to design a platform that facilitates improved community and population health information-sharing and mapping. Employing a Design Thinking framework, the IBM team collaborated with dozens of Durham-based clinics, nonprofits, and public services groups to understand opportunities around information sharing.

The team concluded the project by developing a technical strategy so that each stakeholder could work together on a common software platform. The platform will serve as a centralized repository of community and population health activities and inputs, and a mechanism to identify potential areas for collaboration among community stakeholders engaged in population health.

Duke Health and the Durham community are working to set up the organizational structure to support the build of this platform and act in a coordinated, collaborative capacity to collectively improve population and community health.

“Deepening our understanding of health disparities, and the factors that drive them, is a central objective of the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. We are eager to work with IBM’s Health Corps on this project. Mapping current population health interventions will ultimately allow us to identify gaps, realize efficiencies and better define measured steps relevant sectors and stakeholders can take to improve population health.”

Dr. Eugene Washington
Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University
President and CEO of Duke University Health System

Recent news:
- Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute article

Team Members

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Jason Gilder, PhD

Senior Director of Informatics and Analytics

IBM Watson Health

United States

Senior Director of Informatics and Analytics

IBM Watson Health

United States

IBM Health Corps Team:

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Eoin Carroll

Lead Software Architect

IBM Watson Health

Ireland

Lead Software Architect

IBM Watson Health

Ireland

IBM Health Corps Team:

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Michelle Medina

Client Executive, Public Sector

IBM Global Markets, Public Sector Integrated Accounts

United States

Client Executive, Public Sector

IBM Global Markets, Public Sector Integrated Accounts

United States

IBM Health Corps Team:

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David Fallside, PhD

Distinguished Engineer, Emerging Technologies

IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

United States

Distinguished Engineer, Emerging Technologies

IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

United States

IBM Health Corps Team:

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Christine O'Sullivan

Executive Architect and Cloud Leader

IBM Global Markets and Systems Sales

France

Executive Architect and Cloud Leader

IBM Global Markets and Systems Sales

France

IBM Health Corps Team:

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Caroline Lu

Advisory Designer

IBM Design/Watson Customer Engagement

United States

Advisory Designer

IBM Design/Watson Customer Engagement

United States

IBM Health Corps Team:

Project Champions

A. Eugene Washington, MD

Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University

President and CEO of Duke University Health System

L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Community and Population Health Improvement

Duke Health

Pamela J. Maxson, PhD

Director of Operations, Center for Community and Population Health Improvement

Duke Health