TIME published its Health Care 50 list to showcase people who are transforming the health care sector, and it includes Dr. Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA, and Bill and Melinda Gates. People who were nominated were evaluated based on the originality, impact and quality of their work.
Since Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $100 million in seed money to launch the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003, the research organization has grown to almost 500 employees who have cataloged gene expression activity in mouse and human brains, and researchers are now studying how the brain creates consciousness. Allen, who died Monday, continued to fund the institute and encouraged scientists to "think big," says neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientist and president of the institute.
Prognos CEO Sundeep Bhan says the health care artificial intelligence company, which provides pharmaceutical companies and health plans with insights on disease risk factors, focuses on predictive health because of the importance of information to facilitate early diagnosis and better outcomes. Bhan says one problem in medical decision-making is that big data sets often include information that looks back on what already happened.
President Donald Trump is asking his Cabinet to develop a plan to cut 5% from the budget of each agency. The order follows a Treasury Department report showing a 17% increase in the annual federal budget deficit, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blamed on unwillingness to contain spending in programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Providers at the AHIP conference outlined concerns about state proposals to allow people who do not qualify for Medicaid to buy into the program. Issues with buy-in programs included the potential for shifting costs to the commercial insurance market and the impact on state budgets and Medicaid physician networks.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are teaming up to strengthen areas where medical devices might be vulnerable to cyberattacks. The efforts are especially important as technological advances make devices more vulnerable to threats.
A Moody's Investors Services report said US children's hospitals are expected to continue improved revenue growth, driving margins at least 3 percentage points over what adult hospitals will show next year. Lisa Martin of Moody's said children's hospitals historically have done better than adult hospitals because of high demand for pediatric services and less competition, as well as the ability to tap multiple sources of funding, including gifts.
The ONC's EHR Reporting Program should include criteria focused on testing EHR usability for patient safety, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, which suggested reducing the administrative burden on end users and taking a life-cycle approach when creating usability-related criteria. The Arch Collaborative said EHR training could help improve EHR usability and provider satisfaction in terms of using health IT, adding that "the structure of training matters less than the availability and quality of the education."
At the Connected Health Conference in Boston, panelists discussed thoughts and ideas to take into consideration when creating technology for older people. "No matter what the tool may be, one goal of bringing IT to the aging population is to confront issues like isolation and loneliness," writes Erin Dietsche.