Moving Intelligent Change Forward
August, 2017 Vol. 2 - In This Issue:
Innovation doesn't require far-reaching technology, but rather courage to change our frame of mind and invest in health for all.  Chronic care, coordination and communication with the patient in mind, and mind-body integration are still the best stepping-stones to improved wellness and a more effective health care system. Newer concepts in digital health and even artificial intelligence hold promise, but if we leap over the basics, will we really see lasting change?

The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases 
"It is natural to ask whether rising gaps in income might be associated with widening gaps in health and longevity between rich and poor Americans," Jacob Bor and colleagues noted in an article in The Lancet this spring. This association is bidirectional: If someone is poor, they have a greater likelihood of having chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and associated complications.

Advanced Illness & End-Of-Life Care
Health care systems worldwide are facing macro-scale changes involving advanced illness and end-of-life care that could affect both the quality of care and the quality of life for patients and their caregivers.  

Patients Are Not Given Quality-Of-Care Data About Skilled Nursing Facilities When Discharged From Hospitals

Hospitals are now being held at least partly accountable for Medicare patients' care after discharge, as a result of regulations and incentives imposed by the Affordable Care Act. However, little is known about how patients select a postacute care facility.

Multidimensional Evidence Generation and FDA Regulatory Decision Making 

Defining and Using "Real-World" Data
Evidence linking interventions with health outcomes is the basis for good health care decision making. The widespread use of electronic health records, administrative claims, and social media and the ubiquity of smart devices have created "big data" that heretofore have not been widely utilized. 

Design Thinking for Doctors and Nurses

In recent years, a growing number of health care workers have been stepping up to create innovations by applying a human-centered approach to creating new products. 

Questions About The FDA's New Framework For Digital Health

In June 2017, the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb  pre-announced  his agency's  Digital Health Innovation Action Plan  that indicates notable shifts in the agency's approach to digital health technologies.  
How To Improve Precision Medicine with Machine Learning 

Machine learning can be the difference between life and death. The technology, which enables computers teach themselves, is about more than who has the world's biggest AI platform -- or how well a platform evaluates cookie recipes; it could be a tremendous boon for precision medicine, which tailors healthcare to the specifics of individual patients.  

The Doctor Will Analyze You Now 

A health center for native Alaskans brought mental and physical care under one roof, with impressive results. Why isn't it more popular?  

The New Innovator's Dilemma: When Customers Won't Pay for Better 

For almost a century, pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk rolled out new products at higher prices. That strategy has come to a screeching halt.

Artificial intelligence is coming to medicine - don't be afraid 

Automation could replace one-third of U.S. jobs within 15 years. Oxford and Yale experts recently predicted that artificial intelligence could outperform humans in a variety of tasks by 2045, ranging from writing novels to performing surgery and driving vehicles.

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
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