In highly innovative industries like healthcare, innovation sometimes needs a bit of a push from unlikely bedfellows. We’ve previously worked with our colleagues and even competitors, to advocate for patient-generated health data, as we know it contains insights that won’t be found in the clinic, or in randomized clinical trials. Now CMS and HHS are asking for public comment on a number of questions and initiatives aimed at improving patient care and lowering costs, and in particular in areas of rural health, digital health, and the role of real-world evidence in care improvements.
This handy Twitter thread from Omada Health’s Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer (and former HHS Privacy Officer), Lucia Savage summarizes the opportunities for comment.
Pay attention #digitalhealth folks, there is a cornucopia from now to 12/31 of opportunities to tell #legislators and #policymakers about the barriers we face. @amalec @RasuShrestha @boltyboy @VentureValkyrie @bobkocher @actonline @startuphealth
Here they are, by due date 1/
— Lucia Savage (@SavageLucia) November 25, 2019
In particular, we’re interested in how digital health, patient-generated data, and real-world evidence can lower costs of care. As well, in the world of value-based care, where preventative programs like the research we completed with Boston University and Harvard University can really shine.
From the RFI for digital health:
We believe that digital health technologies hold the promise of modernizing U.S. health care in ways that transform how Americans access medical services. Digital technologies have helped to transform other sectors of the U.S. economy in ways that improve access to products and services and decrease their costs without harming quality. It is time for that same transformation to occur in health care. Recognition of digital platforms as sources of medical services combined with reforms to how digital products may be covered and reimbursed for by payers such as Medicare will be critical to realizing this potential.
So do we!