IHS News

Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell and PhD student Wale Olaleye

New grant approved by the Macy Foundation

The Macy Foundation board unanimously approved funding for the implementation of the Relating Across Differences - An Improvement Process for Clinical Units project. The project will be led by Jody Hoffer Gittell, PhD, Olawale Olaleye, PhD, and Anthony Suchman, MD, MA.
Karen Donelan, Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy

National Study of primary care for older adults emphasizes need for team care

Karen Donelan, the Stuart H. Altman Professor of U.S. Health Policy at Brandeis University, discusses the importance of helping clinicians develop strategies to meet the high health needs of older adults while not burning out.
Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy

Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care complete merger

In the Boston Herald, Stuart Altman says the merger could decrease total health care spending in the state while improving quality and access to care, particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Michael Doonan

MA Health Policy Forum presents new research and recommendations in a report: Telehealth in a Post Pandemic World

New policy recommendations that provide a roadmap for the post-pandemic use of telehealth technologies in Massachusetts were presented at a virtual Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.

Welcome to the Institute on Healthcare Systems

Jennifer Perloff, PhD'06, Director, Institute on Healthcare Systems
Jennifer Perloff, PhD'06, Director

The Institute on Healthcare Systems (IHS) is home to many innovations in healthcare research and policy, and is dedicated to providing rigorous technical solutions to policymakers and other stakeholders who are striving to improve quality, efficiency, and value. We respect the complexity of healthcare, the corresponding need for rigorous and robust approaches to meaningful and stable reform, and the vital strength of empirical illumination and validation.

IHS was built originally on the vast experience in national health policy of our founders, Stuart Altman and Stan Wallack. Their tradition continues with our deep commitment to the design and evaluation of value-based payment strategies, including the assessment of quality, measurement of resource use and the diffusion of innovation and care redesign. Additional areas of expertise include workforce surveys research, payment policy analysis, home and community based care, and advanced methods including machine learning. All this work is taking place with a strong commitment to health equity.

We hope you find our site useful as you learn more about our research staff and our activities in health services research.

Jennifer Perloff, PhD, Director