Innovation Digest – June 2020 Vol. 2

We’re no longer just talking about “what comes next?” in reference to COVID-19. The pandemic seems somehow small in comparison to the watershed reckoning we’re experiencing to confront the systemic bias and inequality across so many of our institutions. In healthcare, there is more data to tell us what we’ve shamefully known for many years — that black Americans disproportionately receive lower quality care or even lack access to basic care, leading to higher incidence of chronic disease and poor outcomes. We also know that clinical research often underrepresents women and racial and ethnic groups, resulting in the misalignment of the entire research enterprise and clinical basis for treating disease with real-world needs. It’s more than time to use this data for action.

In this issue:

  • ‘The direct result of racism’: Covid-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people
  • Females are still routinely left out of biomedical research — and ignored in analyses of data
  • Breaking the Mold: Designing Health Plans That Do Not Impede Delivery of High-Value Care
  • Hahn: FDA will make some changes amid COVID-19 permanent
  • COVID-19 Reveals An Urgent Need To Reimagine What A System Of Health Should Be
  • Employee wellness programs unlikely to move the needle on health, study finds
  • It’s Time for a New Kind of Electronic Health Record
  • U.S. Health Care Is in Flux. Here’s What Employers Should Do.
  • The Moral Determinants of Health
  • Gladwell: COVID-19 should push healthcare to consider its ‘weak links’
  • Sustainability, Business, and Health
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