The Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) plans to spend 2016 highlighting innovations in healthcare delivery.
The journal issued a call for papers in an article penned by former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP; JAMA Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner, MD; and Executive Deputy Editor Phil Fontanarosa, MD.
The U.S. spent $130 billion on health and medical research in 2012, the authors noted, citing a JAMA article published in January. “The vast majority of this investment is in biomedical and technological research and underlying basic sciences. From the viewpoint of healthcare delivery, however, aggravating shortfalls persist in healthcare innovation. Heathcare delivery needs its ‘innovation incubators’ every bit as much as biotechnology does.
"JAMA would like to contribute to this important discussion."
The authors offered a list of topic suggestions but wrote that "innovations, by their nature, are supposed to be surprising and unexpected..." so "a closed list of topics of interest would be self-defeating." Articles on devices, information technologies and other technologies that have effects on care delivery are welcome, according to the article, as are reports on sociological, managerial and organizational changes.
For this series running throughout the year, the journal is seeking not theoretical papers but "rigorous studies and systematic reports on outcomes based on innovations that have been developed and tested. Highest editorial consideration will be given to Original Investigations, i.e., scientific reports that present new data on innovations that both reduce costs and improve care and outcomes."