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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The Rockefeller Foundation Partner to Accelerate the Adoption of Food is Medicine in Health Systems

WASHINGTON | January 31, 2024 ― The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a new partnership to accelerate the adoption of Food is Medicine in health systems. Through this partnership, HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation aim to improve health outcomes and health equity by engaging a broader public audience in understanding nutrition, accelerating collective understanding of Food is Medicine interventions and their impacts, and exploring strategies to scale successful Food Is Medicine programs to more eligible Americans.

“We know good food is the foundation of good health, and study after study has found Food is Medicine interventions can make people healthier while reducing health care costs,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “I am proud The Rockefeller Foundation will be collaborating with HHS to help improve health outcomes and advance health equity by ensuring Food is Medicine interventions reach those who stand to benefit from them most.”

While Food is Medicine programs are widely recognized as powerful interventions, they only reach a fraction of those who could benefit. Through a public-private partnership, HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation will exchange information and ideas to:

  • Advance and leverage research design and findings through knowledge to produce definitive evidence on clinical health outcomes, cost effectiveness, and optimal program design.
  • Engage a broader public audience in the meaning and value of FIM interventions and resources.
  • Support Food is Medicine adoption by identifying opportunities and barriers to support greater uptake and scaling.
  • Ensure Food is Medicine supports diverse individuals and communities with a focus on health equity.

“HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation are working together to accelerate food as medicine adoption in various health systems and communities. We are eager to build on this dynamic opportunity and we anticipate powerful outcomes through collaborative

Opinion | What cautious adoption of AI in medicine looks like

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Many readers wrote in the past week to express their worries about the artificial intelligence revolution in health care in response to my recent column on the topic. “My doctor already spends the entire visit with eyes glued to a computer,” Tom from Vermont wrote. “I don’t want the next step to be the computer doing the talking.”

“Call me old-fashioned, but no thanks,” wrote Jennifer from Virginia. “I prefer human interactions to a robot doctor.”

I empathize with concerns that some technological advances might get in the way of the patient-doctor relationship, though I think Tom’s and Jennifer’s scenarios are unlikely to materialize any time soon. Medicine is a conservative profession that’s slow to adopt change, and health-care providers are generally taking a cautious approach to AI.

Many of the current AI uses are quite banal. Adam Landman, an emergency physician and chief information officer for Mass General Brigham in Boston, gave me several examples of how his hospitals have incorporated AI technology to reduce inefficiencies.

One is in the development of staff training videos. In the past, they would hire actors to read a script. If the script needed editing, they’d have to bring back the actors. They’ve now piloted an AI product that allows users to choose an avatar and digitally enter the script. The video is created right away, and edits can be made seamlessly at a fraction of the original cost.

Another is in routing phone calls. Instead of placing

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