What We Do

Altarum creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations.

Our Mission

Our Mission

As a nonprofit, we’re driven to solve tough problems for the greater good. We believe that good health is within reach of people everywhere. Our team works closely with government insurance programs to conceive of and implement improvements to address the unique population health challenges of their beneficiaries. At Altarum, 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. From low-income children to frail elders, we help the most vulnerable in our society, 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, including 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 Subsidiaries

Altarum is a nonprofit organization, and the core of our work is advancing health through research and advisory services. Our three wholly-owned subsidiaries expand on this work through health communications, clinical-study and trial support, and value-based payment technology.

A World of Better Value-Based Reimbursement.

Payformance Solutions helps payers and providers navigate the complexities of value-based reimbursement. We plan, negotiate, operate and optimize value-based reimbursement programs by leveraging our industry-leading team and technology to develop alternative payment strategies. Our comprehensive, full-service approach ensures that an organization’s transition to value-based care accelerates smoothly with speed and flexibility while improving the quality of care.

Right Patients. Right Data. Right Science.

KAI is a full-service contract research organization and health research company. Since 1986, KAI has helped pharmaceutical, academic, and federal clients bring innovative drug treatments and other interventions to market. Clients include the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Mental Health, medical device companies, and pharmaceutical companies. KAI brings a high-touch approach and expertise in key therapeutic areas, including neurology, mental health, and infectious disease.

Exceptional Communication Saves 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.