The X Prize foundation announced yesterday the creation of a $10 million prize for a "bold, measurable and scientific" proposal that "results in viable, creative and achievable health care system changes."
Physical Therapists Take Note
This is your skill set!
The winning proposal will "improve care within communities and proactively assist individuals in optimizing their health in a way that reduces overall costs."
How to measure health?
Health can be measured differently: some measures are better than others.
For instance, rate of post-surgical bony fusion would not properly reflect the primary desired outcome from an instrumented spinal fusion.
Believe it or not, a validated questionnaire like the Oswestry scale is superior to imaging findings in measuring a construct like 'health'.
Physical therapists are getting better at using these measures.
The X Prize Foundation sounds like it is committed to a measure of health that is amenable to physical therapy interventions, namely
"good health based on better outcomes and an individual’s active participation.".Proposals have to impact the lives of 10,000 people and improves their lives (health) by 50%. The measures used must meet the following criteria:
"...metrics will need to be at the community/ population level and objective and easy to track using validated tools, where possible...The Team Approach
We will weight the measures to place functional improvement at equal stature with sick care."
Winning the X-Prize won't be cheap or easy but it may be worthwhile - are there any PTs up to the challenge?