May 2020 | Volume 2
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
What lessons and changes will be sustained in a post-pandemic world? It’s easy to be optimistic about the prospects for open data sharing, price transparency, expanded clinical trial designs, the collection and use of real-world data, investment in social determinants of health and flexibility for delivery in ways that reach patients where they are (i.e., Telehealth, home care). We’ve already begun to see the tangible results of such changes: we can accelerate medical innovation, increase scientific knowledge in a rapidly evolving, emergent situation, and maintain and even increase the patient-centeredness of care. The incentives to continue these important changes must transcend the pressure of a crisis, however. Doing so will force necessary, if discomforting, conversations about prices, about what constitutes health and what are the common responsibilities of government, scientists, businesses and the people to achieve it for everyone.
Living in a Covid-19 World
A public webinar with leading experts.
Do we rapidly return to normal to save the economy, or continue indefinitely in lockdown to defeat the virus? Much of the recent national COVID-19 discussion has focused on this false choice. Instead of having separate conversations about health care and about the economy, it is essential to consider them simultaneously to develop an effective recovery plan.
Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reentry
In places around the world, lockdowns are lifting to various degrees—often prematurely. Experts have identified a few indicators that must be met to begin opening nonessential businesses safely: rates of new cases should be low and falling for at least two weeks; hospitals should be able to treat all coronavirus patients in need; and there should be a capacity to test everyone with symptoms. But then what?
EBM’s Six Dangerous Words
The six most dangerous words in evidence-based medicine (EBM) do not directly cause deaths or adverse events. They do not directly cause medical errors or diminutions in quality of care. However, they may indirectly cause these adverse consequences by leading to false inferences for decision making. Consider the following statements, each of which includes the six most dangerous words:
Commercial Influences on Electronic Health Records and Adverse Effects on Clinical Decision Making 
Electronic health records (EHR) have been blamed for a range of ills from note bloat and physician burnout to medical errors and patient harm. Although these criticisms may be overstated, an insidious aspect of EHR has largely escaped scrutiny: corruption of clinical decision making. Clinical decision support tools help physicians decide, among other things, when and how to prescribe medications.
U.S. nursing homes plagued by infection control issues pre-COVID-19: report
U.S. nursing homes have been plagued with infection control deficiencies even before the coronavirus pandemic turned them into hotspots for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, a government report said on Wednesday.
Eighty-two percent of all nursing homes had an infection prevention and control deficiency cited in one or more years from 2013-2017, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
NQF Launches Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Playbook
On the heels of the National Quality Partners (NQP) PlaybookTM on Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care, the National Quality Forum is excited to launch the next version of the NQP PlaybookTM: Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.
As an added benefit, NQF members receive a 50% discount on the National Quality Partners (NQP) PlaybookTM: Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.
Coronavirus tests the value of artificial intelligence in medicine
Albert Hsiao, M.D., and his colleagues at the University of California, San Diego (USCD) health system had been working for 18 months on an artificial intelligence program designed to help doctors identify pneumonia on a chest X-ray. When the coronavirus hit the U.S., they decided to see what it could do.
How COVID-19 is changing hospitals' population health strategies
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged hospitals to develop new approaches to managing patient populations. To effectively manage population health, organizations must balance keeping people in their communities healthy and caring for patients infected with the illness, all amid worsening care disparities and social determinants of health.
New Federal Rules Pave The Way For Patient-Driven Health Information Exchange And Real-World Evidence On COVID-19 Surveillance And Treatment
Now nearly forgotten in the midst of the worst global pandemic of the past century, the recently released federal rules governing electronic health data presage an era in which patient-driven health information exchange enables patients to have greater agency over all of their health care data.

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