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Writing in the New York Times Magazine last Sunday, computer science graduate student Yiren Lu offered an unusually eloquent and nuanced account of today’s Silicon Valley start-up scene.
If greater ownership of health data leads us to feel a greater sense of ownership of our health, a sense that we have the ability not only to maintain our health information, but also to influence, through our behavior, the data that’s collected – what a powerful and beneficial transformation this could be.
The challenges of moving a health-related technology from promise to impact are illustrated nicely by two recent attempts to carefully evaluate the benefits of intriguing new devices.
A new regulation proposed by the Food and Drug Administration will compel generic drug makers to update their labels to reflect “new” safety issues. This new rule is a poor tool for keeping generic drug labels up-to-date, and it will come at a significant cost to consumers. If public health is the true imperative for this change, the FDA can address the generic labeling issues in far better ways.
As busy as the digital health space has been lately, one group of stakeholders has been conspicuously absent from the proceedings: pharma companies. Shame on anyone who is surprised.
For the last five years or so, digital health has been the Rodney Dangerfield of investment sectors, getting more attention than respect, and garnering more page views than dollars.
Please join AEI for a conversation among several contributors to the new volume “Teacher Quality 2.0: Toward a New Era in Education Reform” (Harvard Education Press, 2014), edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane. Panelists will discuss the intersection of teacher-quality policy and innovation, exploring roadblocks and possibilities.