What We Do

Altarum works with federal and state health agencies and foundations to improve health outcomes of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. We achieve measurable results by combining our expertise in public health and health care delivery with technology, workforce training and continuing education, applied research, and technical assistance. Our innovative solutions lead to better value for payers and better health for lower-income individuals and those underserved by the health care system.

We are creators and doers—we don't stop at describing problems. Our solutions are holistic, enabled by technology, and intently focused on prevention and appropriate care. Solving tough problems for the greater good is what drives us, along with a belief that a future of better health for all is within reach. From lower-income children to nursing home-eligible older adults, our mission is to help those whose health is negatively impacted by social determinants.

Altarum's Public Innovation

70 Years of Public Sector Innovation

Altarum’s roots in public-sector innovation date back to 1946. Throughout our history, we’ve translated research into action for the greater good, solving some of the most challenging problems facing society.

  1. 1940-1960s

    Satellite
  2. 1970–1980s

    Military Report
  3. 1990–2005

    Virus
  4. 2006–2014

    Mission
  5. 2015–Present

    Oral Health Care
  1. Altarum’s roots date back to 1946 with the founding of an applied science research institute by University of Michigan engineering professors. We work closely with defense and intelligence agencies on satellite and signal processing technology, including the groundbreaking discovery of how to apply the theory of holography.

  2. We enter the health sector, analyzing national nursing policies for the National Institutes of Health. We develop for the Department of Defense the Managed Care Forecasting and Analysis System, a method for forecasting beneficiary populations and their associated demand for health care services at military hospitals and clinics.

  3. Altarum expands further into the health sector, developing for the state of Michigan a childhood immunization registry and one of the nation’s most advanced disease-tracking systems. We conduct advanced analysis for health agencies within the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  4. Altarum’s work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states, and foundations grows. We help 39 states build a network of integrated substance use disorder treatment and recovery services. We expand our technical expertise into the clinical research, health communications, and value-based payment domains.

  5. Altarum develops and deploys proprietary technology to improve access to oral health care for nearly 1 million children. We evolve our health IT adoption program into a model for managing chronic conditions for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Our analytical models advance medical quality and health equity. We refine our mission to focus on vulnerable and publicly insured populations.

Altarum Subsidiaries

Our Subsidiary

Altarum is a nonprofit organization whose core work is advancing health through research and advisory services. Our wholly owned subsidiary expands on this work through health communications.

Exceptional Communication Improves Lives.

Palladian Partners is an award-winning health and science communications firm based in Silver Spring, Maryland, just six miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Palladian specializes in targeted communications that reach and inform researchers, health care professionals, policymakers, educators, patients, families and the general public. Clients include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a variety of health-focused foundations and nonprofit organizations.