High Value Healthcare Collaborative
The High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) is a consortium of 10 health care delivery systems and The Dartmouth Institute. The Collaborative’s member organizations collectively serve a market of more than 70 million people across the United States. The mission of the HVHC is to improve health care value—defined as quality and outcomes over cost, across time—in a sustainable manner for its service population, while serving as a model for national health care reform. To date, HVHC has focused its work on six high-cost, high-variation health conditions, including patients considering hip, knee, or spine surgery; and patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure, diabetes, or sepsis.
Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference
The international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference provides a forum to advance research, stimulate policy change, and promote effective communication about the problem of overdiagnosis and potential solutions. The conference is a collaboration between The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, The BMJ, Oxford’s Center for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM), Bond University, Wiser Healthcare, and Consumer Reports and has a strict policy of no industry funding or sponsorship. At the annual conferences, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, citizens and citizen/consumer organizations gather to discuss overdiagnosis, implement evidence-based solutions to wind back its harms and improve communication between clinicians, patients, and the public to help them make more-informed decisions. The inaugural conference was held at Dartmouth in 2013. Subsequent annual conferences have been held in Oxford, England, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), Barcelona, Spain, and Quebec City, Canada.
The Wennberg International Collaborative
The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) was founded in 2010 by Dartmouth Institute Professor David Goodman and Professor R. Gwyn Bevan of the London School of Economics and Political Science. The goal of the Collaborative is to accelerate research on the causes and consequences of unwarranted health care variation across regions and providers. The Collaborative seeks to reduce barriers in the field through sponsoring research and policy meetings, facilitating collaboration amongst members, advocating for health care data availability, and serving as a clearinghouse for research and policy findings. The primary focus of the WIC is variation in health system performance within countries, although some members also examine variation across countries. The WIC holds two annual meetings. The Fall Research Collaborative meeting, which is primarily directed at health care investigators and other interested researchers, and the Spring Policy Collaborative, which has open registration and rotates to a different country each year.
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