In the United States and throughout the world, health care is undergoing a transformation. It is a reaction to the broad recognition that the current system — such as it is — is unsustainable. The clear solution is to increase the value of care: improving patient outcomes while containing, if not reducing, costs. Breakthroughs, especially in genomics, promise to deepen understanding of diseases and ways to combat them. But all stakeholders — governments, consumers, insurers, employers and providers themselves — realize that scientific advances alone will not suffice. To produce the best health outcomes at the lowest cost, virtually every aspect of the delivery system must be revamped — from leadership, organizational structures and culture, and processes, to teamwork, and incentives.
While the debate rages about the best ways to reform the overall system and produce higher value in health care in the future, institutions are conducting thousands of initiatives to find better ways of doing things in the here and now. In this fertile environment, Harvard Business Review and the New England Journal of Medicine are hosting this insight center. It is a forum for the debate and a place where members of the health care sector can share the results of their efforts to innovate. The insight center is pilot endeavor designed to test the waters for a permanent publication, and we welcome your feedback.
The insight center will run from Sept. 17 until Nov. 15. Its contents will span three broad areas:
- The “Big Ideas” section will feature articles about the foundational principles in the formulation of a high-value health care system.
- The “Managing Innovations” section will focus on the organization and delivery of health care and how to orchestrate change.
- The “From the Front Lines” section will offer accounts of solutions to specific problems that practitioners have implemented in their organizations.
As the pilot project progresses, we encourage you participate by adding your comments to the discussion thread and to propose articles by e-mailing us at [email protected].
For more about the Insight Center and the collaboration between HBR and the NEJM, see this editorial by the Journal’s editors.
From the Editors of Harvard Business Review and The New England Journal of Medicine