Innovation Digest – March 2019 Vol. 2

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.

In this issue:

  • The Oversell And Undersell Of Digital Health
  • Pharmas, PBMs and payers all take a slice along drug supply chain, Pew says
  • Value extends beyond the cost of drugs and health care
  • Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
  • Mental health problems are on rise among American teens and young adults, study finds
  • We Must Address Rising Health Care Costs With Patient-Centered Solutions
  • Patient-Centered Care, Yes; Patients As Consumers, No
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