Health Care Needs a Better System for Importing Ideas from Abroad

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<p>It’s time to look abroad for innovations in health care delivery, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., says in a new <em>Wall Street Journal</em> “Experts” blog post. While some countries are successfully addressing shared problems such as chronic disease management and behavioral health issues, he says, the U.S. has no systemic way to identify and import international innovations.</p><p>Blumenthal points out that an effort led by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement is working with 15 leading U.S. delivery systems, including Ascension, Kaiser Permanente, and CareSouth Carolina, to conduct a global search for health care innovations that could help resolve persistent problems in the U.S. A variety of international models are now being tested, with Commonwealth Fund support.</p> Read the post