A new analysis conducted for Excellus BCBS by data science company Algorex Health Technologies identified food insecurity as one of the most prominent needs in Rochester. Another recent study by Feeding America showed food insecurity in Foodlink’s 10-county area is expected to rise 45 percent this year due to the pandemic.
“Understanding how social determinants impact our members’ health allows us to provide them with better care,” said Dr. Brian Steele, Excellus BCBS’s vice president and chief medical officer for safety net and population management. “Food insecurity, apart from the pandemic, was identified as a clear need in our community. You need a healthy diet to improve and maintain good health. This seemed to be an area where we could intervene.”
About Algorex Health
Founded in 2018, Algorex Health is the leading provider of analytics focused on the 80% of patients’ lives that are not reflected on a healthcare claim. Algorex Health’s clients lead the nation in making proactive investments in patient health by addressing their needs as a whole person, from food delivery to housing supports to engagement care packages.