January 2021 | Volume 1
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
The word "opportunity" has been on my mind frequently in the beginning of this new year. With a new administration, there is opportunity to rededicate policy and science to the real needs of patients and families. With our collective awareness and dialogue about the long-standing inequities in health care design and delivery, we have the opportunity to disrupt the components, structure and payment strategies that help all of us achieve health. With our growing knowledge about the scope and impact of unmet needs in mental health and addiction treatment, we have the opportunity to commit resources and collective effort to end such suffering. Innovation in science and technology can help us find and test solutions, but our true inspiration and guide must be compassionate understanding of human experience and outcomes that matter to patients and families.
Creating Better Care For Adults With Comorbid Chronic Conditions
Early intervention is critical in both physical and mental health care, to reduce costs, improve quality of life for those in care, and achieve better clinical outcomes. As adults age, they are more likely to develop multiple chronic conditions, and early intervention and effective care management become even more important.
Digital Health—The Need to Assess Benefits, Risks, and Value
Digital health is a broad spectrum of measurement technologies that include personal wearable devices and internal devices as well as sensors in people, homes, cars, and communities. Digital health can help identify health risks and assist with diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of health and disease conditions and offers novel ways to capture continuous data on individuals and populations that complement the episodic data on individuals that are captured by current health care approaches.
We know whether medical treatments work. We ignore how likely they are to help.
Doctors and patients alike need to focus more on how much benefit interventions will bring.
I’m an infectious-disease specialist, and I’m involved in treating covid-19 patients at the hospital where I work. One issue we’ve been wrestling with is when to use the antiviral drug remdesivir.
Amazon launches new tool to help healthcare organizations standardize data
Amazon's cloud division rolled out a new tool to make it easier for healthcare organizations to search and analyze data. Amazon HealthLake is a HIPAA-eligible service for healthcare and life sciences organizations that aggregates an organization’s complete data across various silos and disparate formats into a centralized Amazon Web Services (AWS) data lake and automatically normalizes this information using machine learning, the tech giant announced Tuesday.
Ignoring inequitable benefit design is not an option
Only a small minority of employers offer an equitable benefits design. It’s time for that to change.
If your employer clients are truly committed to DEI as a workplace priority, reevaluating benefit design represents an important component of that approach.
Making a Dent in the Trillion-Dollar Problem: Toward Zero Defects
Most efforts to eliminate defects in health care value have been piecemeal rather than systematic. Here is a framework for savings that can be achieved by eliminating defects in value. Health care harms too many patients, costs too much, and improves too slowly. Progress in improving value has been slow. Most efforts to eliminate defects in value have been piecemeal rather than systematic.
CDC Doc Addresses Today's Pandemic and the Next
On July 1, 2020, when I began a rotation on the infectious disease consult service at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta, we had three patients with COVID-19. Just days later, we had about 30.
From Making Oncology Clinical Pathways Multidisciplinary, to Adding the Patient’s Voice
According to the final panel at Patient-Centered Oncology Care®, clinical pathways can create a new problem: if each payer tries to impose its own pathways, it’s an administrative and ethical nightmare. The rise of decision support tools—clinical pathways—in oncology care can allow health systems to create standards for the use of expensive new therapies and identify those physicians who are not following guidelines.

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.

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Jennifer L Bright, MPA
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