Healthcare does not always lead to improved health. Over the past two decades, the world has come to realize that in order for healthcare to improve population health, it must be safe, effective, and tailored to the needs of individuals.
Yet, the quality of care that the world’s citizens receive is not as good as it can and should be:
As we work toward universal access to healthcare, let’s make sure we never fail to answer: ‘access to what?’
To improve the quality of care that people receive, we need to understand the size and shape of the challenges we face. We know care is often unsafe, leading to millions of lives lost due to medical errors and adverse events. However, we still don’t have reliable data, especially from low and middle income countries, about how best to improve care. We need better evidence, not just to understand the scope of the problem, but also, how we might address these challenges.
Understanding the intricacies of healthcare quality can be a challenge. Navigating and synthesizing the vast volumes of healthcare quality educational material online can be daunting. We hope to provide a platform for people and organizations to share important educational materials and curricula that help the development of locally adaptable materials that meet a high standard. We’ll also create and share our own educational materials, including a HarvardX course in Spring, 2014.
Improving the quality of care that the world receives requires a community of dedicated clinicians, researchers, policy makers, patients, and activists. We aim to engage and strengthen a dynamic community of people working to improve care throughout the globe, and ensure that our work is responsive to their needs. To do so, we will have a series of ways for people to actively contribute. We are creating a blog and forum for people to discuss challenges and ideas.
Cover photo, credit: MINDS Foundation