The evidence base is wobbly, but artificial intelligence is coming on strong and the hype for it is even stronger. Screening for diabetic retinopathy is an early application. Lingering questions include whether the use of AI will contribute to health care inequities rather than solve them.
The University of Pennsylvania has established the first “nudge unit” in a health care system to bring the lessons of behavioral economics to the practice of American health care. The goal is to steer clinicians and patients toward choices that will improve health—and save money.
The state used a reverse auction whose rounds of bidding saved $1 billion on PBM services, according to the consultant who helped orchestrate the deal. Other states (maybe Maryland) and large purchasers may follow suit.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico has spent $50 million to centralize clinic, pharmacy, and SDOH in a single “data warehouse.” Now the not-for-profit health care system is marketing its data collecting and crunching expertise via a for-profit subsidiary.