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September 11, 2018

How Disruptive Innovation by Business and Technology Firms Could Improve Population Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
  • 3University of California, Los Angeles
  • 4RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California
JAMA. 2018;320(10):973-974. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10782

In 1990 the Centers for Disease Control and the US Preventive Services Task Force launched Healthy People 2000. The goals were to increase healthy life span, reduce disparities, and provide access to preventive services for all individuals in the United States. According to data for 2015 and 2016 from the National Center for Health Care Statistics, life expectancy in the United States has decreased for the last 2 years in a row, disparities persist, and only 8% of US residents receive recommended preventive care.1 Meanwhile, health care costs, which are currently the highest in the world, will likely reach 20% of the US gross domestic product in the coming years.

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