While not all relationships between health care providers and drug and medical device manufacturers are problematic, the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act will help ensure that provider-industry relationships finally receive appropriate scrutiny.
No matter where you live, or your income level, healthcare is ripe for change. The state of health in 2024 will be radically better, but only if we create an enabling environment for implementation and adoption health innovations.
Health ministries and global health experts talk a great deal about finding the right incentives to change behavior to improve healthcare. Yet, from a design -- and human -- perspective, I wonder if we need to flip this thinking on its head.
The FDA is going to have catch up with technology, doctors are going to have to practice letting go, the tort system is going to have to be reformed, and patients are going to step up if we're going to solve this health care crisis.
It is perfectly legal and common for physicians to prescribe medication and medical devices for "off-label" use. But the FDA prohibits manufacturers from directly promoting the unapproved use of their products.
Thanks to technological advances in microsurgery and space-age breakthroughs, people like James Hindman with Age-related Macular Degeneration have new hope from the world's tiniest telescope that's implanted into the person's eye.