A global shortage of 4.3 million health professionals poses a major bottleneck to poor people worldwide with regard to benefiting from the fruits of modern medicine.1 Among existing health professionals, there are also staggering inequities in skill levels and geographic distribution.2-4 Unsurprisingly, the deepest national gaps in human resources for health run parallel to poor population-level health outcomes
FROM HIS EXPERIENCE WITH THE TB OUTBREAK IN NYC, THOMAS FRIEDEN REALIZED AN INFORMATION SYSTEM OF MEASURING OUTCOME AND CREATING ACCOUNTABILITY WAS NECESSARY. A FEEDBACK LOOP SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WITHIN THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL OR NOT. WITHOUT KNOWING THE OUTCOMES (I.E.: HOW MANY PATIENTS YOU HAVE SAVED), THE SUCCESS AND CONTINUATION OF A PROGRAM CAN'T BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED. IN THE WAY MARKET DEMANDS SHAPE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE FEEDBACK LOOP CAN PLAY THE SAME ROLE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE.
It would be tough to assemble a group of investors, entrepreneurs and healthcare technology professionals in one room and not produce at least a few memorable insights on medtech innovations, healthcare industry trends and the future of healthcare. Here’s a list of some of the comments from the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit that resonated with me.
As part of an ongoing series, NEHI will host a dynamic summit on the potential impact of ACOs on patient access to innovative therapies and technologies. The summit will be hosted on July 17 from 9 am – Noon PDT in San Francisco, CA. Space is limited, register now! If you are unable to attend in person, join the conversation online via the live webcast.
The Obama administration on 6/24/13 kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with the relaunch of a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1.
In order to successfully tackle the growing problem of chronic disease all across the world, medical education has to be changed. The division between public health and medical education should be eradicated, so the new generation of doctors can learn to recognize and deal with the "causes of the causes" - the social and behavior issues that are manifested in diseases like obesity, diabetes, and cancer.