April 2019 | Volume 2
We’re in the digital age and yet, we still cannot agree on what data is important and valid to use in making critical decisions about healthcare. The demand for answers that fit all scenarios is a considerable barrier to our progress in defining and facilitating use of relevant data — particularly data that represents a patient perspective on their goals and treatment experience. Is it important to have a "good enough" answer supported by data, or to have data that supports the important questions about improving health and quality of life? I say the latter, and it will take commitment to complexity, to improving scientific and data collection methods and to listening and prioritizing the patient voice. I’ve said it before: the political and public opinion battles between the powerful (those actors with the money) get us nowhere and put the patients in the crosshairs. Who will lead us away from the blame marathon and toward a dialogue about defining the value that we all want from health care?
Real Equity Means Including People With Disabilities in Philanthropy
This year, the United States will celebrate 29 years of civil-rights progress under the Americans With Disabilities Act. And yet the more than 56 million Americans with physical, sensory, mental, cognitive, or intellectual disabilities — as well as those living with a chronic illness — continue to experience deep and persistent inequality.
Evidence-based medicine requires no evidence, it seems
A bunch of scientists were analyzing the behavior of a frog. Cutting off its front legs did not preclude it from jumping when they slapped the table and yelled "Jump frog, jump!" But when they cut off its hind legs, the frog just sat there, despite their banging and yelling. Sequestering themselves for weeks, thinking deep thoughts and stroking their beards, they finally emerged with a pronouncement of their findings. It was irrefutable that the study had proven, conclusively, that cutting off the frog's hind legs — made the frog deaf.  
Challenging the idea of valid data
What is valid patient data?
Industry colleagues and I recently wrestled with that question at the CBI Patient Registries & Real World Evidence Summit in Miami, Florida. Being surrounded by some of leading patient experts and implementers of real world evidence (RWE) data and patient registries in the healthcare was a great setting to examine and discuss the past, present, and future of registries and RWE, including various types of data, meaningful and intelligent data integration, as well as best practices and the next generation of applying RWE for patient-centric clinical drug and trial development and market strategy. 
Want to Change Health Care? 'The One Thing That Doctors Respond to Is Data'
Experts agree: The health care industry can use information more wisely.
The industry can make data accessible to patients and partners. It can take a more nuanced approach to the information it already collects. It can work together to solve problems that virtually everyone acknowledges are making it more difficult to deliver care.
AMA Backs UnitedHealth's Billing Codes For Social Determinants Of Health
The American Medical Association and UnitedHealth Group have developed billing codes for social determinants of health as insurers move toward paying for more than just medical treatment to improve health outcomes.
Shared Decision Making and the Importance of Time
Uncertain evidence and the uniqueness of a patient’s health care issues often make it difficult to identify the best course of care. These instances are becoming increasingly common as more people live longer with multiple chronic conditions and care becomes more complicated. Clinical decisions may involve screening or treatment with new toxic drugs in older patients; timely use of adjuvant, palliative, or pain care; or prioritizing care at the end of life.

Passion + Quality = Change That Matters
I embrace the powerful opportunities in our evolving health care landscape. I founded Momentum Health Strategies to be a catalyst for change through continuous learning, diverse engagement and thoughtful policy and practice initiatives. I deliver innovative, strategic thinking and a passion for improving the patient experience. My personal drive and dedication to high-quality results will help you navigate the competitive terrain you face and convert your vision to action.

Momentum Health Strategies

Jennifer L Bright, MPA
(703) 628 - 0534