February 2019 | Volume 2
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
Ideas and innovations abound for improving our healthcare system. How can we cultivate them in an environment so entrenched in power politics, net benefit to the shareholder and opaque information? Perhaps the solutions include federal regulation, pioneering thought leadership, bold efforts to implement the "impossible," and the sunshine of transparent and open data.
We don’t need government-run health care to get to affordable, universal coverage
America can insure everyone without changing anyone’s existing health coverage. It won’t require replacing Obamacare with a single-payer, government-run system. Instead, we can build upon Obamacare with two simple, game-changing features: a universal cap on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, and an automatic coverage system that places the uninsured in a plan they can depend on and afford.
No. 1 word in online negative hospital reviews is 'told'
Americans increasingly are going online to shop for healthcare and rate their experiences. In a Binary Foundation survey published last fall, 51% of respondents reported sharing their personal medical experiences on social media and online review sites. Among millennials, that rose to 70%. Meanwhile, 70% of respondents said their choice of doctor was influenced by online ratings and reviews and 41% said they checked doctors out online even when another physician referred them.
Patients and Physicians in the Era of Modern Cancer Care
Cancer care has undergone a revolution, driven by advances in the understanding of cancer biology and new therapeutics derived from that understanding. Many patients diagnosed as having cancer in the 1990s received relatively ineffective, toxic chemotherapeutics.
Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.
The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.
In 2014 John Cryan, a professor at University College Cork in Ireland, attended a meeting in California about Alzheimer’s disease. He wasn’t an expert on dementia. Instead, he studied the microbiome, the trillions of microbes inside the healthy human body.
Medical Expenditures Are Likely “Worth It.” But Can We Measure How Much They Are Worth?
It is common for scholars and media outlets to report that medical care expenditures have grown as a share of gross domestic product. That share recently reached 17.9 percent, having grown from 13.2 percent two decades ago. Without context, these numbers suggest an aura of excess, in which patients are paying more for the same medical care goods and services.
Intel gives glimpse inside its Connected Care health plans that saved 17% per month
Intel’s Connected Care health plans are demonstrating the company’s “pay-for-performance” structure is delivering improved results in states where it has its largest employee bases: New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and California.
Intel, which employs about 50,000 people in the U.S., contracts directly with healthcare delivery systems.

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