Equitable Access to Innovation

The importance of innovation in health care cannot be overstated, especially in light of the pandemic. Innovative medical treatments, as well as innovations in health care delivery, are essential to increasing life-saving treatments and improving patient outcomes. The pandemic has, however, also highlighted inequities in access to and adoption of innovations, an issue that includes affordability, but extends to systemic barriers to health equity, resulting in disparities in health for individuals of color as well as other underserved populations in our country. NEHI has always focused on work to accelerate access to innovations that add value to our health care system. We continue this core function by pursuing projects that incorporate the role that innovations must play in improving health equity.

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  • Publication Date: September 10, 2009

    Rx for Health Reform

    NEHI has taken a leading role in informing and influencing the health care debate. The core of this initiative is our policy statement, Rx for Health Reform, calling for containing health care costs by preventing illness, managing chronic diseases and strengthening primary care. These goals can be realized by implementing a series of policy changes known as the NEHI Nine. NEHI supports increasing access to health care of uninsured Americans but believes that a lasting and cost conscious solution requires system-wide reform. If we change the way we finance, organize and deliver care, we can improve quality and save costs for all Americans by preventing illness, managing chronic diseases, and strengthening primary care.
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  • Publication Date: June 30, 2009

    Healthy People in a Healthy Economy: A Blueprint for Action in Massachusetts

    The Boston Paradox report, published in 2007 by NEHI and the Boston Foundation, demonstrated that Massachusetts has plenty of health care but not enough health. The economic recession has only put challenges related to unhealthy behaviors - and resulting chronic illness - into starker relief. Healthy People in a Healthy Economy offers a blueprint for action that will help connect the missing links between health, healthy behaviors and a healthy economy.
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  • Publication Date: June 1, 2007

    The Boston Paradox: Lots of Health Care, Not Enough Health

    Health care resources are being devoted to treatment -- and not prevention -- of chronic disease, which is impacting economic competitiveness.
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  • Publication Date: August 29, 2006

    Challenges in Vaccine Policy: A Case Study of the HPV Vaccine

    The HPV vaccine's immense promise in preventing cervical cancer -- and the barriers to its widespread adoption -- make it an ideal vehicle for implementing important improvements to the U.S. immunization system.
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