August 2020 | Volume 1
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
It’s an understatement to say that trust is lacking in our current healthcare environment. But the lack of trust predates COVID-19 and is an ingrained characteristic of our disjointed healthcare system. Part of the issue is the lack of transparency across the spectrum: clinical research, medical record data, pricing information and even the factors used to determine payment and coverage decisions are for the most part still opaque to the patients and consumers that such information is meant to serve. We see glimmers of hope in open access to clinical trial results, wider access to one’s own patient records, calls for transparency in pricing information at the point of care. Will the pandemic serve a purpose and finally push us to a more transparent and thus more trustworthy system that focuses on knowledge and shared decision-making? What a tragic missed opportunity if not.
Earning Trust in the Era of Covid-19
The President of Jefferson Health discusses how his organization has been handling Covid-19 in Philadelphia, PA. In particular, he emphasizes the importance of establishing trust, both among staff and in the community. The experience of care is critically important for achieving the best outcomes.
Coronavirus statistics: tracking global public sentiment over time
As people across the world adjust to life in the time of coronavirus, organizations are contributing however they can—gyms are sharing free online classes, musicians are offering virtual performances, and healthcare workers are working around the clock to keep people as healthy as possible. At SurveyMonkey, our research team has dedicated themselves to daily research.
Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine
Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide.
Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die
There’s a joke about immunology, which Jessica Metcalf of Princeton recently told me. An immunologist and a cardiologist are kidnapped. The kidnappers threaten to shoot one of them, but promise to spare whoever has made the greater contribution to humanity. The cardiologist says, “Well, I’ve identified drugs that have saved the lives of millions of people.” Impressed, the kidnappers turn to the immunologist. “What have you done?” they ask.
As mindfulness app Headspace booms, its popularity outpaces its scientific evidence
This has, by all accounts, been a banner year for Headspace.
Demand for the mindfulness and meditation app has skyrocketed since the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects began taking a brutal toll on mental health. Downloads have jumped dramatically in recent months, and Headspace has been flooded with requests from companies looking to buoy their staffs’ well-being while they work from home.
Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health leaders around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.
4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study
Don’t throw out your neck gaiters just yet.
A new study has spurred numerous headlines declaring that neck gaiters may be worse than wearing no mask at all for controlling the spread of COVID-19. But the actual study, published August 7 in Science Advances, isn’t that conclusive, nor was it designed to be.
Smarter Health Care Deductibles Are a Win-Win for Employers and Employees
Covid-19 continues to pressure many U.S. employers. Layoffs have caused an estimated 27 million Americans to lose employer-sponsored health insurance. And with 80% of CFOs expecting revenue and profit declines, they likely will look to trim benefits, including health benefits. Employer premiums for family health coverage topped $14,500 last year, up nearly 50% in the past decade.

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