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Truven Health Analytics and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Collaborate to Launch Institute for Health

Ann Arbor, MI, Apr. 03, 2014 — Today Truven Health Analytics and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) announced their collaboration in the establishment of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University. The goal of the collaboration is to connect academic research in the field of Health and Productivity Management with the business community and health policymakers. IHPS, formerly housed at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, will maintain its current leadership by Director Ron Goetzel, PhD, who has also served as Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research at Truven Health Analytics since 1995. At JHSPH, the Institute will have expanded opportunities to engage with key national and international workplace programs and organizations towards achieving its goals.

“I’m extremely honored to be a part of this new venture at Johns Hopkins, ” Goetzel said. “With the support of Truven Health Analytics, I believe the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies will have a significant impact on how we think about personal health habits, which will drive real world policy solutions and significant cost savings.”

At JHSPH, IHPS researchers will continue to conduct empirical research to better understand the relationship between employee health and well-being and work-related productivity. In addition to his position at Truven Health Analytics, Goetzel will assume the role of Senior Scientist at JHSPH.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Goetzel and his nationally recognized team of experts to the Hopkins family, ” said David Holtgrave, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS) at JHSPH. “Our faculty and students have a long-standing interest in the field of workplace health promotion, and the addition of Dr. Goetzel and his team to HBS, along with our collaboration with Truven Health Analytics, will allow for significant, meaningful advances in this exciting area.”

Goetzel served as Director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies from 2008-2014. Prior to joining Truven Health, Goetzel was vice president of assessment, data analysis, and evaluation services at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. Goetzel earned a PhD in organizational and administrative studies and an MA in applied social psychology from New York University.

“Truven Health has long supported the collaboration between the private sector and academia, and we are delighted to forge this new joint effort with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, ” said Mike Boswood, President and CEO of Truven Health Analytics. “This collaboration to understand the links between employee health and productivity will enable Truven Health to help our approximately 400 large employer customers create more targeted, impactful health and wellness programs that also improve consumers’ lives.”

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

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Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations