In Case You Missed It: New and Noteworthy This Week

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

Please see this interesting article based on several years’ research of Indian hospitals. This is a study ACCESS Health might well have done. One of our original goals was to understand innovations in Indian healthcare and work for their adoption in the United States. This is no longer our focus. Most of the innovations in India are process innovations that are familiar to those in the US. They are not adopted as there is no economic or other pressure to demand increased efficiency. Perhaps there should be. ACCESS Health has found that innovations in India in healthcare financing, systems, and process are eagerly sought by many countries in Asia and Africa. We are now focusing on sharing our knowledge in these regions. The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage is an example of our work in this area. I might also add that the excellence in results described here is far from uniform and, in many cases, rests on undocumented or poorly documented data. Delivering World Class Healthcare, Affordably

Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric?

Please see this excellent new report on educating health professional to address social determinants of health from the US National Academy of Medicine. Many of the precepts, especially the emphasis on community engagement and lifelong learning, cut across many of our activities. A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Please see the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists recommendations for team based care. This is relevant to our work on primary and advanced care across all our interests. ACOG Task Force Recommends Team Based Care Across All Specialties, Professions

This market overview of technology for aging in place is a key document for all of us interest in aging and elder care. It is very good summary of aging demographics in the United States and use of technology by age. You will find it fascinating.