By Samantha Denefrio, PhD
What is it?
Cityblock Health has built a model for healthcare that accommodates the needs of the community better by bringing doctors out of the office. Instead of each member visiting doctors in a traditional office setting, Cityblock sets up care teams made up of the type of doctors needed most right within individual neighborhoods. They use technology to offer primary care, behavioral health, and social work services all based on the needs of each particular neighborhood. Their electronic platform, Commons, allows for organization and communication about medical needs between care team members through secure video chats and text messaging features.
Why is it innovative?
“The evidence is clear that non-medical factors have a dramatic impact on a person’s health,” said Iyah Romm, CEO of Cityblock (Med City News). Each member that Cityblock serves gets an individualized healthcare plan based on all of his or her records in Commons.
In addition to addressing the immediate and long term medical needs of each patient, Cityblock works to understand the broader needs of each community and incorporates crucial social services that are too often overlooked. To do this, they set up neighborhood hubs and work directly with community members, called community health partners, to learn about their neighbors and better understand how to improve health in a larger scope.
“People want better healthcare not more healthcare” (Cityblock). Cityblock reports that the average hospital stay can cost an average of $10,000. They believe that the key to lower healthcare costs and improving health is through preventative medicine and social programs centered around health and wellness.
“Cityblock was founded on the premise that health starts at the neighborhood level, and that everyone should have good care for what matters to them. We saw firsthand how healthcare has fallen short in providing adequate care for people living with complex health and social needs—and knew there was room for improvement.”
“We aimed to build a new kind of care model that addresses the root causes of health, and in doing so, improves health in communities that have previously been underserved. Today, we’re delivering exactly that kind of care to thousands of members in New York and Connecticut—and we’re not stopping there.” (Cityblock).
Total Funding Rounds $85.8 M (3 Rounds)
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