September 2021 | Volume 1
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
We’re choking on data but lack agreement on what data is important - to the patient, to clinical and quality of life outcomes, to society. We know intuitively that prevention is essential, and yet, when we don’t agree on or incentivize its value, the cost is astronomical. COVID is providing us a graphic example, but the ongoing epidemics of mental health and substance use are another alarming waste of dollars and lives. The demand for robust innovation and for simultaneous cost saving implies that we merely have a problem of tension in the business of health care that should be rectified with government policy and regulation. In reality, we are missing the vital opportunity to define and measure what is important to improve our society’s health. Complexity, scientific rigor, and legal barriers must not slow our relentless pursuit of understanding the experience, health goals and outcomes of diverse patient communities. Their expertise is perhaps the most important element in realigning our research, care delivery and financing systems toward actual health.
Racism in Medicine Is Alive and Well
From the moment I entered my career in medicine, being a Black woman has worked against me. While I have known in my life that both my race and gender could be prohibitive, it was only during my time in medicine that I learned that no matter how much I achieved, I would still be questioned. I call it being "too much, but not enough."
Innovation At The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services: A Vision For The Next 10 Years
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center). The Innovation Center aims to create a more value-based system that reduces spending while preserving or enhancing quality of care.
Apple Aims to Push More Patient Data to Doctors. But Who Can Gauge Its Impact on Health?
Soon, Apple announced recently, it will enable doctors to monitor health data from their patients’ phones and watches between visits, part of the push into health care that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has declared will constitute the company’s greatest contribution to mankind.
Private Equity and Health Care Delivery
Private equity investments in health care delivery have increased substantially during the past decade, a trend that has raised concern among some researchers and policy makers. Critics are concerned that the financial incentives inherent in private equity ownership (ie, to substantially increase financial performance during a relatively short period) may lead to decisions and practices that are at odds with the best interests of patients and physicians.
More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detected in China in December 2019. Since then, more than 175 million people worldwide have been infected after a year, and over 3.8 million people have died from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)1.
KFF: Preventable COVID hospitalizations among unvaccinated cost U.S. health system $2.3B
The U.S. healthcare system spent about $2.3 billion in June and July caring for an estimated 113,000 COVID-19 patients whose hospitalizations could have been prevented through vaccination, according to a new report.
Clinical Trials In Crisis: Building On COVID-19’s Lessons Toward A Better Future
The US clinical trials enterprise reflects our health care system: fragmented, expensive, and unnecessarily complex. The US ranks lowest in health care outcomes among high-income countries despite spending the most as a percentage of gross domestic product.
‘Reentry’ after cancer treatment offers lessons for emerging from the pandemic
An interesting and important period in the life of cancer survivors begins when major treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, end. Known as reentry, this phase of cancer recovery offers lessons for Americans as the pandemic ever so slowly — and fitfully — recedes in the U.S.

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