Health Systems Innovation

The MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI) identifies high-quality, cost effective health systems as essential to individual and societal wellbeing. HSI plays a pivotal role in the transformation of health care systems through industry-based research. HSI brings together faculty, researchers, and practitioners from across MIT and around the world to advance health management and delivery through applied research. Contact us


Tracking Island drug abuse aimed at new intervention strategies and tackling OD epidemic

Anne Quaadgras, director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation, said that they hope to have a preliminary research design within six months and "interesting findings" within the next year. 

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July 1, 2019 silive.com


The Resurgence of tuberculosis is behavioral, note medical. Nudges can fix it.

Associate Professor David Rand and Research Scientist Erez Yoeli describe in an essay how their research finds that providing tuberculosis patients with motivation and support can help ensure they adhere to an entire course of therapy.

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October 25, 2019 statnews 


The Price of Health: Why Insulin Defies the Normal Rules of Economics and Keeps Getting More Expensive 

WBUR.com June 25, 2019

Another cost driver for insulin and other drugs, is patents, according to Professor Joseph Doyle, co-director of the Initiative for Health Systems Innovation.

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Healthcare Lab Action Learning at MGH

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston serves as a host to a team of 4 MIT Sloan graduate students working to improve the efficiency of the pathology department's processes.

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First Randomized Evalution of the Impact of Clinical Decision Support

"There is a lot of debate about the health risks and high cost that stem from the overuse of potentially inappropriate tests" says Joseph Doyle the Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and one of the authors of the study. "Our reserach shows that technology can improve healthcare delivery by helping physicans make the right decisions about which diagnostics scans to use when." 

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April 11, 2019

MIT and the Staten Island Performing Provider System have formed a data-driven collaboration to improve health outcomes. March 20, 2019

The early focus of the collaboration with SI PPS is on evaluating the initial successes emerging out of their advanced community-centered data platform. The longer-term focus is on assisting SI PPS in enhancing these successes with rigorous evidence and thereby support their adoption by health systems throughout the country. 

Anne Quaadgras, director of Health Systems Innovation (HSI) at MIT Sloan discusses how the school is working with SI PPS to use medical, social, and other data sources to address the opioid epidemic.

Watch the video - A Handle On Addiction 
March 3, 2019

Read the Crain's New York Business article here

Read the full MIT press release here


MIT Sloan Designing for Health Conference: 

Health care data is disconnected. Here is how to change that. 

December 21, 2018 

Why It Matters

The often-disjointed nature of health care data can create barriers to sharing it among organizations, slowing colloration. But there are ways to jump that hurdle. 

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More highlights of the conference can be found on our Events page 


Using Data To Triage Health Care Waste

October, 31, 2018

MIT Sloan Professor of Management Joseph Doyle says 30 perent - upwards of $1 trillion - of health care spending is wasted. But that doesn't have to be the case. Doyle is studying the comparison between teaching and community hospitals, holistic care, alternative pharmacy programs, and something called "hotspotting."

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Treating Health Care Woes Through Data Analysis

September 19, 2018

MIT Sloan professor of management and operations research Dimitris Bertsimas has an idea that data-based algorithms could help cure health care problems — both in patients and hospital administration. Learn more in the "Data Made to Matter" podcast.

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How A Nonprofit Meals Provider Will Triple The People It Serves

A group of MIT Sloan students has worked with Community Servings, a Boston nonprofit that delivers meals to chronically ill people, to help it triple the number of people it serves each year.>

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Featured Research:

Hospital quality scores really do reflect patient outcomes

Research from MIT Sloan professor links quality to lower readmissions, mortality rates.

During the heated debates over health care spending, there are often calls to “pay for quality” rather than paying for every service provided. Medicare, for example, is starting down the road of tying hospital quality scores to reimbursements. Some in the health care industry say this is unfair, as a score alone does not account for the many factors that impact patient outcomes.

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