Topic: health systems

Making medical records more accessible

Patients’ medical records are typically scattered about—in doctors’ scribbled notes, in treatment histories, or in hospital computer systems. But integrating this information could help improve care, lower costs, and make the health care system more consumer-centric, according to John Quelch, professor in…

Big changes need a big-picture view

June 3, 2015 — It’s not every day that a lecture changes a life. But that’s what happened with Benjamin Picillo, MPH ’15, as an undergraduate at Tufts University. “I had always wanted to help people, and I thought I wanted to…

Resilient health systems key for managing disease outbreaks

Health systems can better handle future infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola by being more resilient and better prepared to respond to severe global health crises, according to a May 7, 2015 Lancet article co-authored by Margaret E. Kruk, associate professor of…

William Hsiao awarded Presidential medal from Taiwan

May 13, 2015 -- William Hsiao, K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics, was awarded the Presidential medal—Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon—by Taiwan President Mr. Ma Ying-jeou at a March 17, 2015 ceremony at the Presidential Palace. Hsiao was cited…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care on Frontline

Doctors who ask patients nearing the end of life about their goals and priorities can help shape decisions about the individual’s end-of-life care and help the person and their families come to terms with their questions and fears, according to Atul Gawande,…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care tonight on Frontline

Tune in tonight, Tuesday, February 10, to see Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health interviewed on PBS' Frontline about his book, Being Mortal, in which he discusses issues related…

Saving neonatal lives

January 21, 2015 -- Günther Fink, a health economist with expertise in child health and development, thinks that all countries should aim to reduce neonatal mortality by 70% by the year 2030. In a recent paper for the Copenhagen Consensus, he argues that…

The ACA and jobs

February 2014 – Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. (Conversations in Public Health, 5:01) Please click the play icon above to play…