5 Things to Read on Health Care Innovation

Read up on how design thinking can kickstart innovation, possible limitations of artificial intelligence in patient care, Apple Watch’s new health feature, and more.

Design thinking: The key to the innovative process?

This longer read from Harvard Business Review lays out the structure and benefits of design thinking. The author says design thinking “has the potential to … unleash people’s full creative energies, win their commitment, and radically improve processes.”

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Limitations of AI in patient care

An article in Quartz posits that artificial intelligence is only as good as the data it’s built on. And if it’s going to be used effectively in health care, the data needs improvement. The main data problem in health care? It tends to be “extremely male and extremely white.”

Apple Watch gets an EKG

Apple plans to incorporate an electrocardiogram sensor into its smart watch. EKGs measure hearts’ electrical activity, meaning it does more than track pulse. CNBC breaks down what having a personal EKG may mean for consumers.

Medicare promotes new ways to pay for care

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to release new innovative payment models. It’s part of the agency’s ongoing effort to make care better and more affordable. Some of the new models may even be mandatory for providers. Healthcare Finance has more.

 Why a medical device manufacturer hired a musician

Hospitals are noisy places, full of beeps at different frequency and volume. It can be so deafening it prevents patients from sleeping and healing. To change that, Medtronic hired an electronic musician. Her task is to reimagine the beeps and make them “more comfortable and meaningful for patients,” STAT News wrote.

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