Human Dx: JAMA Open Study on measuring diagnostic performance

A new article in JAMA Open Study found that The Human Diagnosis Project’s (Human Dx) daily Global Morning Report (GMR) case series is an objective and rapid measurement of physicians’ diagnostic performance. There has not previously been an objective, evidence-based, and real-time method to estimate clinical competency besides multiple choice tests. By empowering physicians and trainees to more easily gauge and monitor their performance, Human Dx aims to improve medical education and reduce diagnostic error.

Rx Foundation Launches New Grant Program in 2019

The Building Capacity for Health Advocacy grant program will accept letters of inquiry until August 1st, 2019.

The Rx Foundation announces a new grant program that aims to (1) boost the capacity and infrastructure of state-level non-profit organizations in the US to champion issues that promote social justice through better health and better health care, and (2) build enduring networks that can sustain advocacy and citizen-engagement on issues that impact health and health care in their communities. Based on a commitment to health equity, and the belief that every person should have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, the Building Capacity for Health Advocacy grants program is open to qualified applicants nationwide.

Kentucky HEALTH Survey Co-funded with The Donaghue Foundation

The Rx Foundation and The Donaghue Foundation are co-funding a survey that will contribute to the evaluation of  Kentucky HEALTH, a new program approved under Medicaid waiver policy. The work is led by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Kristin Underhill, JD, PhD, of Columbia Law School.

The program, called Kentucky HEALTH, requires that enrollees engage in a minimum of 80 hours a month of work, education or volunteer activities; make a contribution to cover the premium cost regardless of their income level; and adhere to tighter timeframes for redetermination of eligibility if coverage is lapsed. Both funders are contributing half of the $270,000 two-year award.

Because the program was approved under the Medicaid waiver policy, Kentucky HEALTH is required to have an evaluation. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has contracted with the University of Pennsylvania to do this evaluation, which will include a randomized controlled trial. The Donaghue and Rx Foundation-funded survey will complement this evaluation by asking the general Kentucky population about their awareness, understanding, attitudes and beliefs about the new program. This study will go beyond existing research that has asked only broad questions related to support for personal responsibility and will compare differences between new Medicaid enrollees and the general population regarding the role of the state in health care and in beliefs, knowledge and support for the new program.

The Donaghue Foundation supports a diverse portfolio of research projects, from understanding the mechanisms of disease, to improving clinical treatments, to public health initiatives that prevent illness—all founded on excellent science.

Making Health Care Fair Strategy Meeting

Making Health Care Fair, a project of the National Physician’s Alliance, convened a group of interested stakeholders on November 30, 2018 to discuss the need for affordable health care for all, and the connection of this work to the values of liberty, equality, and justice. Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University, gave the opening remarks.

Human Dx in the news

Rx Foundation partner The Human Diagnosis Project was featured in a Forbes article on artificial intelligence innovations that help medical providers to deliver high-quality care.

“But the goal of the Human Diagnosis Project is not simply to use AI to unravel medical mysteries and catch any diagnostic errors early. It is to make the expertise of medical specialists available to millions of patients in rural and remote areas around the world, including “safety net” hospitals and clinics that offer low- or no-cost care to roughly 30 million uninsured Americans. Human Dx has formed an alliance with top medical societies and associations, including the American Medical Association, to move this expertise into everyday medical practice to improve patient outcomes in the U.S., and in coming decades, around the globe.”

Swift Factory renovation underway in Hartford, CT

A recent article in The Hartfourd Courant details the $34M renovation underway, led by Community Solutions. Set to be completed by the end of 2019, the food business and incubator project is expected to create 150 permanent jobs.

Community Solutions decided to focus on food because the nonprofit believed a job path for local residents existed in that industry. The creation of entry-level jobs was critical in a neighborhood where the high-school graduation rate is just 35 percent for residents 25 and older, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census.

Update: Improving access to healthy foods on Navajo Nation

Partners In Health published a blog post, Eating Well: Grocery Program Takes Off in the Navajo Nation, which details progress that the COPE team has made in building partnerships with health care providers and local stores to increase access to fruits and vegetables. The Rx Foundation provided early funding for the vouchers used in the FVRx program.

All told, 1,688 people have benefited from FVRx food vouchers and education. Fully 85 percent of them have met the goal of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. And after six months, almost a third of children who were initially overweight met the criteria for healthy weight. Prescriptions can now be filled in 26 grocery stores and trading posts. And 15 health clinics have adopted the FVRx program, from north to south, east to west.

Grant Opportunity: The Donaghue Foundation Greater Value Portfolio 2018

The Donaghue Foundation announces its 2018 Greater Value Portfolio grant program that will fund research projects for two years with a maximum amount of $400,000 per award for the purpose of advancing promising approaches to achieve a higher value healthcare system. The goal of this program is to test approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the healthcare they provide to their patients and communities.For 2018, the Greater Value Portfolio program will place greater emphasis on research that is closely linked to ongoing improvement initiatives that are geared to achieving greater healthcare value in healthcare organizations.The deadline for letters of intent is May 3, 2018.

The Rx Foundation and The Donaghue Foundation are co-funding a recipient of the 2016  Greater Value Portfolio grant program.