Innovation Digest – June 2019 Vol. 1

A recurring theme in today’s healthcare dialogue is cost. We all seem to agree that the U.S. has the most expensive health services and that such cost differs depending on your geography and sometimes even your type of coverage. What we can’t seem to see clearly is the overall cost to our health and our society due to the barriers created by lack of transparency and misaligned incentives. Lack of public reporting yields inability to learn about (or from) outbreaks. Lack of transparency in research means we don’t know about negative impacts of a therapy or worse, that a potential beneficial application is shelved for lack of market interest. Hype and bandwagon effect for new technology, new apps, new approaches to wellness overpower our attention and overlook scientific evidence, prevention and common sense (social determinants). Silos prevent us from collaborating on research, analysis of data (not just collecting it, really understanding it) and providing truly coordinated, integrated care. And our current business climate in healthcare yields rural hospital closures, fingerpointing about pricing/spreads/margins, and patients with unmet needs or forced to health crises before they get the help they deserve and often pay upfront for. If we are a “learning healthcare system,” we have forgotten the fundamentals.

In this issue:

  • Selling Wellness, Whether It Works or Not
  • Americans want their doctors to ask about social needs
  • When it comes to longevity, social factors play a bigger role than healthcare: study
  • A Missed Opportunity for the Malpractice System to Improve Health Care
  • For a Longer, Healthier Life, Share Your Data
  • What Superbug Hunters Know That We Don’t
  • Legal Promise Of Equal Mental Health Treatment Often Falls Short
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