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Cold season got you down? Well, first some more bad news: healthcare in America is broken. The good news? With a little work and some new ideas, we might be able to fix it. This week on Innovation Hub, we look at four big challenges in health – and how they might be solved.
First up, they say money can’t buy happiness, but it might be able to buy you a few more years of life. A study in the UK showed that someone at the top of the economic ladder enjoys an average of eight more years of healthy life. According to Sir Michael Marmot, author of, this difference is as much about power and control as it is about economic status:
Next, something’s wrong when it’s easier for a homeless person to find their way to a hospital bed than to a permanent home. Becky Kanis Margiotta, leader of theand co-founder of the , providing permanent housing rather than short-term shelter might be the most effective approach to helping people get off the streets:
Then, there’s more scientific and medical studies out there than ever before. But, are they too much of a good thing?, a professor of health research and policy and Stanford University, talks about how the race for new findings (and the influence of money) can lead to misleading research.
Finally, what happens when doctors talk to their computers more than their patients?? When electronic alerts are so commonplace that healthcare workers only notice them when they don’t show up? , author of and interim chair of the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco, talks about the challenges the healthcare industry faces as it navigates the digital revolution.