Topic: health systems

Ebola epidemic is stoppable

The Ebola epidemic is stoppable—if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande. Writing in The New Yorker on October 3,…

U.S. health reform can be ‘source of inspiration’ for Canadians

Canada—which adopted universal health care about 50 years ago—can learn from U.S. efforts at health reform, according to a September 3, 2014 Globe and Mail article co-authored by Andrew Boozary, SM ’14, visiting scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management…

Quality missing from global health agenda

August 7, 2014 -- Today more people than ever have health insurance. In the U.S., millions have signed up for coverage since the 2008 passage of the Affordable Care Act. Globally, there’s a high level of interest in establishing universal health coverage…

Growth, size of babies worldwide remarkably similar

July 29, 2014 -- Ana Langer, director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health, says that new findings from an international study on fetal growth and birth length debunk longstanding beliefs that…

Restoring trust at the VA

In the wake of revelations about veterans’ long wait times for hospital and clinic medical appointments, compounded by a cover-up, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system should rethink aspects of its management and sharpen its focus on providing quality, timely care,…

The provocative pragmatist

[ Spring 2014 ] With a mixture of research, persuasion, and social media moxie, Ashish Jha seeks to drive health care improvements Several years ago, Ashish Jha got the call that middle-aged children dread. His mother was on the phone from New Jersey. His…

Improving health for people with disabilities

May 9, 2014 —The phone call from Ghana clinched Asare Christian’s career path. His grandmother was exhibiting sudden, puzzling symptoms including loss of balance, coordination, and bladder function. To Christian, who was learning about brain injury in his clinical rotation in rehabilitation…