Innovation Digest – February 2018 vol. 1

Disruption is the latest buzzword in healthcare, but what does it really mean? In the technology context, it seems to mean new therapies or new ways of doing old work (“I have an app for that”). Too often, what is coined as disruption is just noise. Real disruption is about new thinking, new priorities, and new drivers. Real disruption means real risk-taking. It means doing the right thing when no one is looking (or because no one is looking). Disruptive change can have an equal opportunity impact if we dare to ask better questions of the people who really matter. Who is disruptive enough to stop tinkering in the name of improvement, and instead insist that we ask the questions “what should we have?” and “how can we make it happen?”

In this issue:

  • Why Glaring Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut
  • The Things We Say
  • Unnecessary medical care is more common than you think
  • Strong partnerships crucial to community health initiatives, hospital executives say
  • Patient, Provider, and Practice Characteristics Associated with Inappropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing in Ambulatory Practices
  • Learnings from a Large-Scale Emergency Department Care Management Program in New York City
  • What Do Patients with Diabetes Think of Health Coaching?
  • Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows
  • Don’t overhype the new health care venture
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