The WellSky Foundation Helps Shape a Future of Holistic Care
Late last year, ADS Data Systems became part of the WellSky team. WellSky is a technology company advancing human wellness worldwide. They serve more than 10,000 customer sites around the world, including the largest hospital systems, blood banks and labs, home health and hospice franchises, government agencies, and human services organizations.
Recently, WellSky announced the launch of the WellSky Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations by removing social barriers to better health outcomes. With the understanding that socioeconomic factors affect a person’s wellness to an even greater extent than health care access, the WellSky Foundation supports organizations that are boldly addressing key socioeconomic challenges and creating better lives for people in need.
“As part of WellSky’s whole-person, intelligent care initiative, the WellSky Foundation reinforces the deep connection between health and social factors in a person’s overall wellness. Establishing the WellSky Foundation is a testament to our ongoing work to proactively partner with providers and community organizations to build thriving communities,” said Bill Miller, CEO of WellSky. “Our software, analytics, and service solutions span the continuum of care, and with our proven track record of empowering our clients’ success, we’re uniquely qualified to lead the movement toward increasingly comprehensive care.”
According to The American Hospital Association, socioeconomic factors account for approximately 40 to 60 percent of an individual patient’s overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recognizes that social determinants of health significantly impact care providers’ ability to identify and deliver appropriate levels of patient care.
The WellSky Foundation focuses on the top socioeconomic factors with the greatest impact on a person’s long-term well-being: food insecurity, housing, transportation, and isolation. Statistics reflect that:
- Malnourishment appears in 30-50 percent of all hospitalized patients age 60 and older, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
- The 30-day inpatient hospital readmission rate among homeless patients was 50.8 percent, according to NCBI.
- Approximately 3.6 million individuals every year do not receive the necessary medical care due to transportation barriers, according to Ride Health.
- According to research in a study titled “Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection,” loneliness is a dire threat to public health, exceeding that of obesity and smoking. This epidemic increases the risk of an early death by 14 percent.
“At the heart of the WellSky Foundation is the belief that working together with community partners elevates care and helps people in need find support, kindness, and a better chance at recovery and lasting wellness,” said Andrea Morgan, Executive Director of the WellSky Foundation. “WellSky understands that caring for the whole person — in the context of their communities, families, and social support systems — results in better outcomes, lower costs, and sustainable care. It is the driving force behind the WellSky Foundation.”
Since its inception earlier this year, WellSky Foundation has provided two leading healthcare organizations with donations of $50,000 each – Midland Care Connection, an integrated health care services provider, and Hephzibah Children’s Association, a nonprofit organization that helps children thrive and families in crisis flourish . ADS Data Systems is pleased to be a part of the critical work of this foundation.
To learn more about the WellSky Foundation, visit wellskyfoundation.org.