JAMA Call for Papers on
Health Care Delivery Innovations
Today, the pace of innovation is used as an indicator of the vitality of businesses, national economies – and the health care system. As Don Berwick, Howard Bauchner, and Phil Fontanarosa write in a new JAMA editorial, “health care innovation comprises entire subindustries developing new drugs, diagnostic tests, therapeutic devices, prosthetics, information technologies, and more.” But Berwick (IHI President Emeritus), Bauchner (JAMA Editor in Chief), and Fontanarosa (JAMA Executive Deputy Editor) argue that, despite the pace and breadth of innovation, “aggravating shortfalls persist.” Chief among them is “the translational shortfall” – that is, the delay in getting promising innovations in care delivery to the populations they can help. And they describe a lack of a focus on cost reduction, as many innovations in health care have the potential to add costs. In response, the editorial issues a call for papers submitted to JAMA, for a yearlong series on health care delivery innovations. The full article is freely available and you can read the authors’ suggestions for paper topics on JAMA’s website.