I've been asked by my friend (smart Health 2.0 guy) Scott Shreeve to participate in a blog rally today for a very big innovation campaign called the Healthcare X PRIZE. Its lofty goal is to improve and reform the American healthcare system. I'm all for that. So please take a moment to read today's guest post:
"Giving Health Reform a Rocket Boost" by Scott Shreeve, MD
We are entering an unprecedented season of change for the United States health care system. Americans are united by their desire to fundamentally reform our current system into one that delivers on the promise of freedom, equity, and best outcomes for best value. In this season of reform, we will see all kinds of ideas presented from all across the political spectrum. Many of these ideas will be prescriptive, and don't harness the power of innovation to create the dramatic breakthroughs required to create a next generation health system.
We believe there is a better way.
This belief is founded in the idea that aligned incentives can be a powerful way to spur innovation and seek breakthrough ideas from the most unlikely sources. Many of the reform ideas being put forward may not include some of the best thinking, the collective experience, and the most meaningful ways to truly implement change. To address this issue, the X PRIZE Foundation, along with WellPoint Inc and WellPoint Foundation as sponsor, has introduced a $10M prize for health care innovators to implement a new model of health. The focus of the prize is to increase health care value by 50% in a 10,000 person community over a three year period.
The Healthcare X PRIZE team has released an Initial Prize Design and is actively seeking public comment. We are hoping, and encouraging everyone at every opportunity, to engage in this effort to help design a system of care that can produce dramatic breakthroughs at both an individual vitality and community health level.
Here is your opportunity to contribute:
- Download the Initial Prize Design
- Share your comments regarding the prize concept, the measurement framework, and the likelihood of this prize to impact health and health care reform.
- Share the Initial Prize Design document with as many of your health, innovation, design, technology, academic, business, political, and patient friends as you can to provide an opportunity for their participation
We hope your engagement starts a viral movement of interest driven by individual people who realize their voice can and must be included. Let's ensure that all of us — and the people we love — can have a health system that aligns health finance, care delivery, and individual incentives in a way that optimizes individual vitality and community health. Together, we can ensure the best ideas are able to come forward in a transparent competition designed to accelerate health innovation. We look forward to your participation.
[Editor's note: $10M thrown at any problem ought to help a bit. Please think this over from a PWD's standpoint, and contribute where you can]