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Vital Directions from the National Academy of Medicine
August 16, 2016

Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: An Initiative of the National Academy of Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • 2Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;316(7):711-712. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10692

This is a time of unparalleled dynamism for policy and practice in the nation’s health, health care, and biomedical science communities. The past decade has seen tremendous developments in medical science and care delivery with the advent of big data, biomedical innovations, new forms of health care financing, and an emphasis on greater accountability. Precision medicine, novel drugs and devices, and new diagnostic capabilities are expanding treatment options. Digital technologies such as m-Health allow patients to take a more active role in their health and health care decisions. Locally and regionally, community innovators are designing coordinated care delivery models that hold significant promise for increasing efficiency and value. Furthermore, a growing focus on population health, wellness, and prevention is driving improvements in health and quality of life in the United States.