March 2019 | Volume 2
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
When we focus on the real experience and needs of people dealing with health concerns, I believe that’s where we find the sweet spot of high quality, high impact and optimized cost. Notice I didn’t say low cost. Sometimes, letting patient-centricity drive the decisions may yield higher-cost solutions in the form of cutting edge therapies, or expenditures on housing or food instead of a prescription, or in lifetime investment of care for someone with a previously undiagnosed chronic illness. That’s optimized cost — finding the most effective means for health, productivity and quality of life for the unique individual. Let’s also look at ways we’re wasting time and money: by relying too heavily on digital solutions before we fundamentally understand the problem we’re trying to solve, and overlooking the signs of the next emerging health crisis. Much like the early-days reports of growing opioid use, growing data on mental health in teens and young adults should cause us to notice and act.
The Oversell And Undersell Of Digital Health
Digital health technologies hold great promise to solve some of the biggest problems in our healthcare system, including achieving higher quality, lower cost, and greater access to care.
Pharmas, PBMs and payers all take a slice along drug supply chain, Pew says
Pew’s report shines a light on the complex pharmaceutical supply chain ​as policymakers in both parties show more interest in rising prescription drug prices, including the middleman PBMs that often negotiate prices for employers.
Value extends beyond the cost of drugs and health care
In the ongoing debate about value in health care, the narrative in the media, political campaigns, and congressional hearings has consistently focused on the relatively narrow issue of drug pricing.
Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
The pain radiated from the top of Annette Monachelli’s head, and it got worse when she changed positions. It didn’t feel like her usual migraine. The 47-year-old Vermont attorney turned innkeeper visited her local doctor at the Stowe Family Practice twice about the problem in late November 2012, but got little relief.
Mental health problems are on rise among American teens and young adults, study finds
You can call the generation of young Americans now working their way to adulthood Generation Z, because they follow Generations X and Y. You can call these 14-to-27-year-olds “iGen,” after the wireless devices that seem permanently affixed to their persons. And if they’re your kids and still living with you, you can even call (or text) them late for dinner.
We Must Address Rising Health Care Costs With Patient-Centered Solutions
Across the nation, there’s a collective agreement that something must be done by lawmakers and regulators to address the rising cost of health care. As new policies and regulations are designed to meet affordability standards, it is important that patient-centered solutions remain at the forefront.
Patient-Centered Care, Yes; Patients As Consumers, No
There are numerous calls for building health care delivery systems that are more patient centered. The focus on patient-centered care has increasingly begun to rely upon, and even merge with, the concept of patients as consumers.

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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