The Lab

The Health Systems Innovation Lab at Harvard University is a global research and training lab that specializes in creating high value health systems through targeted innovations. Led by Prof. Rifat Atun, the Lab uses its research, education, innovation and translation activities to work with students, governments, private sector, multilateral entities, and civil society to promote policy and practice, and accelerate the diffusion of health system innovations. The Lab conducts its work within two inter-related streams–Global Health Systems and Innovation—and is driven by a Harvard-based team of interdisciplinary clinicians and academic leaders, and an international group of disciplinary experts.


Who we are

Vincere Health


At the HSI Lab, our vision is to see research-led innovation, driving solutions at the frontier of global health systems. We envision a world where every single person can access intelligent, high-value health systems so they can participate fully in social, economic and political life.
Residents Abroad


Our mission is to drive transformative innovation for large-scale impact at the systems level through research, teaching, and translation. We do this specifically through:
  • Leading original, high-quality research in global health systems and health care innovation diffusion across all clinical disciplines.
  • Teaching students, individuals and large organisations about proven methods and strategies to design, implement and scale innovative solutions in health care.
  • Translating evidence into policy and innovation through organising health system hackathons, incubating ventures, and advising public and private entities on health system performance.
Hackathon Brazil Team


Our core values are respect, drive, teamwork and innovation. We support and work with a diverse network of individuals, teams and organisations worldwide. Each year, we commit to a statement of intent to achieve our mission while embodying our values.  Read more on our diversity statement here.

What we do

Where we work

Our work spans nearly every clinical discipline in health systems, working with institutions, across 60+ countries. We currently have projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and Asia.