Innovation Digest – November 2019 Vol. 1

The power of the patient voice has been often acknowledged, and yet nearly twenty years since my first engagement in such dialogue, we continue to ponder the “how.” The simple truth is that while the power actors in health care know that patient perspectives and experiences matter, their perpetual commitment to siloed, proprietary engagement continues to be inefficient and actually prevents our progress toward health care that is both relevant and effective for real people. The Science article on bias in algorithms should be a wake-up call to all: it’s tangible evidence of the bias in healthcare that anyone who’s been in this field knows is real. The study authors’ response is equally instructive: they’re making their expertise available for free to any organization that wants to ensure that their efforts in AI and predictive analytics does a better job at accounting for such factors.  The opportunity is for this effort to also include patients and patient organizations who intimately know and understand both the prevalence and the impact of such bias in health care.  And, it’s an opportunity to champion the open development of solutions in data analysis and application that help all of us — from innovator and health plan to patients and families — achieve better health. Isn’t that the point?

In this issue:

  • Value Considerations Should Begin Very Early in the New Drug Development Life Cycle
  • The Power of Person-Generated Health Data: Five Ways to Improve the Care Experience
  • Help Desk: Can your medical records become marketing? We investigate a reader’s suspicious ‘patient portal.’
  • US ordered to cough up $1.59B in subsidies to Kaiser, Oscar, other payers
  • Race-based bias in care extends even to algorithms, study says
  • Widely used health care prediction algorithm biased against black people
  • Google eyes AI to cut hospital red tape, move providers beyond ‘data clerks’
  • Harnessing Emerging Information Technology for Bundled Payment Care Using a Value-Driven Framework
  • How health systems are working with startups, navigating ‘pilotitis’
  • One life, two donated organs and $5.7 million in bills – a tale of superbugs’ deadly costs
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