Topic: health systems

Health reform in Turkey achieves universal coverage, improves health

Recent health system reform efforts in Turkey have led to universal health coverage and notable improvements in health outcomes and equity, according to Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He describes the history…

Building resilient and sustainable health systems

How can health systems be strengthened in a post-Ebola world? On Saturday, September 26, 2015 Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and executive director of Ariadne Labs, facilitated a discussion that attempted to answer that question. As the United…

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,…