Health Innovation News

By the Health Innovation Program | The Health Innovation Program at the University of Wisconsin. Integrating healthcare research and practice. www.hip.wisc.edu

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for ways to make ourselves feel better fast. Unfortunately, history has shown that many of those ways — cannibalism, cocaine tooth drops, ingesting heavy metals — left us sick, broke, or both. Yet we keep looking for that fast cure.<p>Dr. Lydia …

Medicine

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies

And there could be far-reaching consequences for the national economy too.<p>Four floors above a dull cinder-block lobby in a nondescript building at the Ohio State University, the doors of a slow-moving elevator open on an unexpectedly futuristic 10,000-square-foot laboratory bristling with …

Higher Education

Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower

BEIJING — Having conquered world markets and challenged American political and military leadership, China has set its sights on becoming a global powerhouse in a different field: scientific research. It now has more laboratory scientists than any other country, outspends the entire European Union …

Research

How a Gilded-Age Heiress Became the 'Mother of Forensic Science'

Frances Glessner Lee created meticulous and gruesome dioramas of murder scenes, which are still used to train police today.<p>Frances Glessner Lee grew up in the Gilded Age as the heiress to a fortune made in industrial farm equipment. Her childhood was “sheltered and indulged.” She would marry at age …

Harvard Medical School

How behavioural design can overcome the dark side of big data

To avoid misreading the digital smoke signals, key insights from behavioural design should be a vital part of big data analysis<p>The effort to influence human behaviour in constructive ways dovetails neatly with both the core ethics and key challenges of sustainable businesses across the globe. …

Big Data

Google's Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data

Big data: as buzzwords go, it's inescapable. Gigantic corporations like SAS and IBM tout their big data analytics, while experts promise that big …

How One Woman Hid Her Pregnancy From Big Data

For the past nine months, Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, tried to hide from the Internet the fact that …

Big Data

10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they …

Storytelling

The Future Of Value-Based Payment—Time To Reexamine And Refocus Our Efforts

Great strides have been made over the years in the care of Medicare beneficiaries by focusing on and implementing quality performance measurement and …

Health Care

Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs Cut Spending by $1 Billion

August 31, 2017 - Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) lowered net spending by $1 billion and could help …

Health Care

U.S. Health Care Reform Can’t Wait for Quality Measures to Be Perfect

There’s a debate in the United States about whether the current measures of health care quality are adequate to support the movement away from fee-for-service toward value-based payment. Some providers advocate slowing or even halting payment reform efforts because they don’t believe that quality …

Health Care

Is Health Care a Right?

Is health care a right? The United States remains the only developed country in the world unable to come to agreement on an answer. Earlier this year, I was visiting Athens, Ohio, the town in the Appalachian foothills where I grew up. The battle over whether to repeal, replace, or repair the …

Health Care

Doctors Feel Excluded from Health Care Value Efforts

U.S. hospitals and health care groups have experimented over the past decade with new management structures and alternative payment models to provide quality health care at lower cost. But physicians have been slow to embrace these for a host of reasons. Chief among them, our research shows, is …

Health Care

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR<p>Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the …

Innovation

How the EMR Is Increasing Innovation and Creativity in Health Care

Americans are both undertreated and overtreated in a health care system that wastes up to $1 trillion a year and delivers profoundly uneven quality: Current estimates indicate that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Fifty-eight percent of patients …

Health Care

The Rise of Behavioral Economics and Its Influence on Organizations

Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor who just won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has inspired scholars across different disciplines and fundamentally changed the way we think about human behavior. He is considered the father of <i>behavioral economics</i> — a relatively new …

Behavior

A Simple Way to Involve Frontline Clinicians in Managing Costs

While there have been significant strides in providing frontline clinicians with quality information, these clinicians still lack the tools they need to play an active role in controlling the costs of the care they provide. To date, only small steps have been taken at most health care systems (for …

Health Care

One Way to Prevent Clinician Burnout

Sometimes the endless discussion about burnout in health care creates its own form of burnout — a sense of hopelessness about being able to stop an epidemic. But there is a way to counter burnout. Health care organizations can use a framework that deconstructs the different sources of stress and …

Management

Bureaucracy Is Keeping Health Care from Getting Better

In a recent article, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini detail the toll that growing bureaucracy is taking across industries. Many of those working in the consolidating health care industry will immediately validate several of the authors’ key findings, including:<p>Bureaucracy is growing, not …

Health Care

The Paradox of Coding — Policy Concerns Raised by Risk-Based Provider Contracts

The medical claims that health care providers submit to insurers generally include a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code, which describes the …

Medical Journals

Making Patients and Doctors Happier — The Potential of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Measuring relevant outcomes in a timely manner is a priority in a health care system increasingly focused on the delivery of high-value care. Most …

Medical Journals

Misdirections in Informed Consent — Impediments to Health Care Innovation

To increase colorectal cancer screening rates, ABC Health System decides to send birthday cards to patients when they turn 50. The cards read, "It’s …

Medical Journals

Could Making Cancer Screening Simpler Increase Women's Risk?

A proposal to simplify cervical cancer screening could end up missing some cancers, researchers and patient advocates say. And that could be especially true for minority women.<p>Latina and black women already have the highest rates of cervical cancer in the U.S., and more than half of women with the …

Cancer

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Doctors Get Their Own Second Opinions

A new tool helps primary-care physicians draw on medical expertise from all over the world.<p>ADELPHI, Maryland—In a quiet voice and in her native Spanish, the woman explained to Dr. Shantanu Nundy that she had been feeling dizzy whenever she stood up.<p>She cleaned houses and worked in a store. There …

Health Care

Obesity In Children And Teens Rose Sharply Worldwide Over Past 4 Decades

In just over four decades, obesity levels in children and teenagers have risen dramatically worldwide, though that rise has been far from uniform. In a new study published online Tuesday, British researchers and the World Health Organization say those levels have plateaued lately in high-income …

Diabetes

Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?

The United States health care system has many problems, but it also promotes more innovation than its counterparts in other nations. That’s why discussions of remaking American health care often raise concerns about threats to innovation.<p>But this fear is frequently misapplied and …

Health Care

The flaws a Nobel Prize-winning economist wants you to know about yourself

Sorry to say it, but you’re not perfect. We like to believe that we are smart, rational creatures, always acting in our best interests. In fact, dominant economic theory these days often makes that assumption.<p>What was left of this illusion was further dismantled by the The Royal Swedish Academy of …

Behavior