In Case You Missed It: New and Noteworthy This Week

This weekly blog series is a roundup of recent news items and developments that I found interesting and would like to share.

Please see this important contribution from the Brookings Institution on surveillance of medical devices. There is a pressing need to understand the benefits and risks of the flood of new devices entering medical practice. Strengthening Patient Care: Building an Effective National Medical Device Surveillance System

This article describes a low cost method of helping newborns breathe. It is interesting for our Safe Care, Saving Lives project and for those working in primary care. Giving Newborns “Air to Breathe”

See this Brookings Institution article on long term care. It highlights problems with  current Medicare and Medicaid treatment of long term care, summarizes some  principles that should guide approaches to long term care, and proposes some solutions to revamping long term care insurance and Medicaid. JAMA Forum: Coming Together on Long Term Care

This a very interesting view of one future for healthcare. The principles are applicable in all countries. I find “lean healthcare” of special interest. Japan’s Vision for Healthcare in 2035

See Srinath Reddy’s and the Public Health Foundation of India’s analysis of the country’s healthcare system and comments on the current reforms. India’s Aspirations for Universal Health Coverage

The necessity of early and continual HIV treatment: A very important concept for health policy. The HIV Epidemic Can Be Stopped