Topic: health systems

Dean Frenk to join Commonwealth Board

Dean Julio Frenk has been elected to The Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's…

Strengthening African health systems

October 30, 2013 -- A group of current and former African finance ministers discussed ways to improve the management of public health systems at an early October roundtable convened by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the African Development Bank. Fifteen…

Should health professionals have coaches?

Tennis pros and opera singers benefit from coaching, so why not doctors and other professionals? Atul Gawande, associate professor in health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, explores this…

Health care policy under a President Romney

If elected President, Mitt Romney would likely attempt to make major changes in health care policy, according to a Perspective published online October 10, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Co-written by John McDonough—professor of the practice of public…

Health care in China: Progress made, more needed

China has made great progress on health care but still has much work to do. In a November 1, 2011 New York Times opinion piece, Yuanli Liu, senior lecturer on international health at the Harvard School of Public Health, praised China’s successful…

Building trust and collaboration in health care

November 14, 2011 -- Ten years ago, when David Shore first began offering a program for health care executives on how to lead their organizations through change, he asked participants a question: If the U.S. health care system is so good—with well-trained clinicians, access to…

Health care system can learn from restaurant chain

The nation’s health care system needs to learn to serve millions of Americans with consistent quality, reasonable cost, and decent service — much like popular chains like the Cheesecake Factory have learned to do in the restaurant world, Atul Gawande writes August…

Hsiao helps Vermont overhaul its health care system

The economic climate and demographic shifts around the globe have pushed the work of William Hsiao, the K.T. Li professor of economics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), to the forefront of international health policy, impacting millions of lives around the…