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    •  Wharton School entrance on Locust Walk

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    • Scott Halpern, Kevin Volpp and David Asch on Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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    • Benjamin Franklin on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania 

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News All News

American Journal of Health Promotion Awards Mitesh Patel with Editor's Pick 2016

Source: HERO, February 16, 2017

The American Journal of Health Promotion recently announced its Papers of the Year for 2016, and CHIBE's Mitesh Patel was recognized with an Editor's Choice…

The Perplexing Psychology of Saving for Health Care

Source: NPR, February 15, 2017

Mitesh Patel provides insight on how behavioral economics intersects with health care savings behavior, and recommends new approaches to Health Care Savings accounts to leverage our…

Making Weight Loss Behavior Change Stick

Source: Forbes, January 31, 2017

In a Forbes piece, Duke University's Peter Ubel cites experiments by Kevin Volpp studying the impact of lotteries and regret avoidance on weight loss behaviors.…

Mitesh Patels Weighs In On New 'Smart Belt'

Source: Forbes, January 31, 2017

In an article on a new activity and waistline-tracking smart belt, WELT, Mitesh Patel, M.D., M.B.A., M.S. gives designers of the technology some feedback: "It…

How Might Wearables Transform Health Care Delivery?

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 2017

Mitesh Patel speaks with the Inquirer about the possibilities and limitations of wearables in transforming health care delivery.

Financial Incentives and Opportunities to Donate to Charity Increase Physical Activity in Older Adults

Source: Reuters, Penn Medicine News, Medical Xpress, January 13, 2017

Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study this…

Ongoing Research All Research

Behavioral Economics in Provider Incentive Design

Principal Investigator: Amol Navathe, MD, PhD

Payers and provider groups are in need of novel approaches to structure provider incentives—both financial and non-financial—to better promote the delivery of quality, cost-effective care. In this project, we will study how behavioral economic principles can improve the effectiveness of physician incentives to deliver higher quality and lower cost care. We will test the application of specific behavioral economic principles including loss aversion; physician versus non-physician incentives; and variation in physician-organization relationships in incentive design and implementation.

Funder: The Commonwealth Foundation

RCT of Automated Hovering for Congestive Heart Failure

Principal Investigators: David Asch, MD, MBA; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

The objective of this study is to conduct a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial testing a new approach to chronic disease management combining wireless monitoring devices and behavioral economic engagement incentives to reduce rehospitalization rates among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) recently hospitalized at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).


Smarter Big Data for a Healthy Pennsylvania: Changing the Paradigm of Healthcare

Principal Investigators: Polsky / Volpp

The goal of this project is to improve the health of Pennsylvanians at an individual, community, and population level by changing the paradigm of medical care and health care delivery to predicting and preventing onset, exacerbation, and advancement of disease rather than principally reacting to clinical events with expensive treatments. Using medical record data with linkages to administrative claims, wearable monitor data, and social media data, we will develop algorithms to better predict clinical events in the hospital, at home, and in the community. The proposed project will expand an established and highly successful minority health services research training program to provide opportunities for training in big-data research to support the career development of under-represented minorities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Funded by: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Transforming Provider Payments

Principal Investigators: Emmanuel / Volpp


The goal of this partnership is to provide guidance and to conduct research for the roll-out of a new HMSA provider payment initiative that will fundamentally change the way primary care providers are paid in Hawaii.


Funded by: Hawaii Medical Services Association

Events All Events

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Gary Weissman, MD, Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Saurabh Bhargava, PhD,  Assistant Professor of Economics, Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Ellen Peters, PhD, MS, Professor of Psychology and Medicine; Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative, Ohio State University

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Sara Bleich, PhD,  Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Daniella Meeker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine; Director of Clinical Research Informatics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California