Purple Binder Blog

Community Health Workers and Peer Support for COPD Patients

As healthcare reaches beyond the walls of the clinic, there’s an increasing awareness that patients need connections to resources that lower their barriers to health. We’re excited to be exploring how Purple Binder can be used in new healthcare settings in a way that measurably improves patient outcomes.

A group at University of Illinois Hospital & Science System is conducting one of the first studies to determine whether community health interventions improve health outcomes and reduce costs of care.

The study, known as PArTNER, is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). It is led by pulmonologist Dr. Jerry Krishnan, Associate […]

By |March 20th, 2015|Categories: Healthcare, Partners|

Community Health Round-Up #6

This week we’ve rounded-up a couple articles featuring “low-tech” innovations in healthcare.

Promising Practices

Nation’s first 24 hour nurse line saves doctors from burnout and patients from trips to the emergency room (Huffington Post)
“It has provided a basic form of health care to thousands of uninsured people who have no other access to care. It also has relieved demand on doctors and hospitals in a sparsely populated state where all but a few counties have a severe shortage of health care providers.”


By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Community Health Roundup, Uncategorized|

Community Health Round-Up #5

This week’s Community Health Round-Up demonstrates how healthcare is a community-based and community-wide issue.

Promising Practices

Coordinated care model bridges gap between health and social services (Health Affairs)
“Oregon’s recently released mid-year Health System Transformation progress report shows continuing improvements in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes and decreases in emergency department visits and hospital admissions from chronic diseases.”

Churches partner with local stakeholders to address community health (The Dispatch)
“When […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Categories: Community Health Roundup|

Federal Panel on Social Determinants of Health

On February 3rd, 2015, Purple Binder took part in a panel on the social determinants of health at the ONC’s annual meeting.

The ONC is a commonly-used name for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. They are the federal agency that regulates and certifies electronic medical records.


The panel was covered in a brief by the American Journal of Managed Care:

“The ACA has created, for the first time, a reason for health systems to address social determinants,” Mr. Flesh said.

His company works with health systems and local governments to connect patients with the […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Healthcare, Policy, Press & Events|

Interview with Founder Joseph Flesh

Cosima Gretton, a UK-based healthtech innovator, published an interview with Purple Binder founder Joseph Flesh featuring the company as Startup of the Month. Joseph talks about the vision behind the company and how Purple Binder fits into the future of healthcare

Click here to read: Startup of the Month: Purple Binder

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Why hasn’t anyone else done this before?

There have been many efforts over the years to create search-engine-like tools for social services. But they lack sustainable funding, so inevitably they go out of date and fall by the wayside.

Recently, there […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Misc, Press & Events, Startups|

Community Health Round-Up #3

This week’s Community Health Round-Up features innovations by patients, providers and entrepreneurs to improve health outcomes.

Promising Practices

Veterans’ clinic reduces ER visits by 70% and hospital readmissions by 66% (California Health Report)
“True value comes from not just treating symptoms but addressing the conditions that make people sick in the first place.”

ACA spurs hospitals to assess and address community needs (Crain’s Detroit Business)
“The community health needs assessment … process was intended by policymakers to encourage hospitals […]

By |January 26th, 2015|Categories: Community Health Roundup|