Dr. Elliott S. Fisher Named Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

I’m incredibly honored to follow Drs. Jack Wennberg and Jim Weinstein in leading The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Since its founding by Jack Wennberg in 1988, the faculty of The Dartmouth Institute has led the nation in exploring the causes and consequences of unwarranted variations in practice and spending – and in developing policy approaches to addressing them, ranging from shared decision-making to accountable care organizations.

This is an important moment in health care.

The problems with our health care system are now well understood. The public is still besieged by messages that scare rather than inform. The risks and benefits of new (and old) treatments are insufficiently understood. Patients often make decisions that aren’t aligned with their preferences. Overuse and overdiagnosis remain rampant, and health care is too often confused with health. High and rising health care costs pose a threat to everyone: undermining schools, devouring government budgets, and keeping wage growth flat.

We also have a much better understanding of what will be required to address these problems – and the country is beginning to implement them.

But we still have a lot to do. And Dartmouth, I believe, is uniquely positioned to help accelerate the transformation we need through our research, educational programs and partnerships with health care systems here, across the country and around the world.

I hope you will join us in trying to help fix health care.
~ Elliott Fisher

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