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Healthcare

Is Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine the Next Blockbuster Drug?

Investors are keeping a close eye on the drug firm’s vaccine advances. But the company’s longer-term fortunes may lie elsewhere.

Healthcare

Choosing the Right Health-Insurance Plan Could Add Years to Your Life

New evidence suggests that certain Medicare Advantage plans increase life spans more than others. Here’s what the best plans have in common.

Healthcare

Pharma Companies Argue That Lower Drug Prices Would Mean Fewer Breakthrough Drugs. Is That True?

Probably not, a new study suggests—as long as the price decreases are modest.

Social Impact

Why Well-Meaning NGOs Sometimes Do More Harm than Good

Studies of aid groups in Ghana and Uganda show why it’s so important to coordinate with local governments and institutions.

Policy

The Wrong Way to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing

Robust testing is key to safely reopening the economy. But a new model shows that if testing is not paired with “smart containment,” it could backfire.

Innovation

The U.S. Is Full of Innovative Thinkers. The Government Needs to Marshal All of Them to Fight Covid-19.

Here’s how we can accelerate efforts to reduce the spread, develop treatments, and find a vaccine.

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Organizations

How Infectious-Disease Testing Can Improve Employee Performance

A new study on malaria prevention shows that employees who know their health status become more productive at work.

A new study reveals how doctors spend their time in teaching versus nonteaching hospitals.
Healthcare

Do Doctors Who Supervise Residents Spend Less Time with Patients?

Data from two ERs suggest that patients at teaching hospitals aren’t losing out on face time with senior physicians.

Researchers examine why prescription drug prices and labor costs are lower in Canada than the U.S.
Healthcare

Would "Medicare for All" Really Reduce Healthcare Costs in the U.S.?

Single payer drives significant savings in countries like Canada. But new research suggests it might play out differently in the U.S.

Operations

There’s a Better Way to Manage Your Inventory

Using data from a drug-store chain, a new model finds opportunities to prevent shortages and boost profits.

Innovation

Everyone Wants Pharmaceutical Breakthroughs. What Drives Drug Companies to Pursue Them?

A new study suggests that firms are at their most innovative after a financial windfall.

Healthcare

Video: How Open Lines of Communication Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Training physicians to be better communicators builds trust with patients and their loved ones.

Operations

Here’s a Better Way to Schedule Surgeries

A new tool could drive savings of 20 percent while still keeping surgeons happy.

Healthcare

How to Solve Healthcare’s Trust Deficit

Doctors, patients, and insurers are often skeptical of each other. Three experts discuss ways to counteract that.

Healthcare

Even for the Insured, a Hospital Stay Has Surprising Costs

The long-term financial toll extends far beyond medical bills.

Healthcare

Video: Three Perspectives on Trust in Medicine

Relationships among patients, providers, and medical researchers have never been more complicated—or critical.

Healthcare

Privatizing Medicaid Drug Benefits Reduces Spending

The savings come without any decrease in quality of care, new research shows.

Healthcare

Video: Three Perspectives on Trust in Medicine

Relationships among patients, providers, and medical researchers have never been more complicated—or critical.

Healthcare

Privatizing Medicaid Drug Benefits Reduces Spending

The savings come without any decrease in quality of care, new research shows.

Healthcare

When Healthcare Providers Consolidate, Medical Bills Rise

Can anything be done to rein in this expensive trend?

Strategy

What’s Behind the Current Wave of Vertical Integration?

From Amazon–Whole Foods to CVS–Aetna, companies are reconfiguring for an uncertain future. Four strategy professors discuss.

Healthcare

Will People Price Shop for Healthcare?

A new study says yes, but only if the prices are easy to understand.

Healthcare

Four Ways to Improve the Efficiency of U.S. Healthcare Markets

An economist discusses how to ensure the right mix of access, affordability, and quality.

Healthcare

Prescription Drug Coupons Actually Increase Healthcare Spending by Billions

Consumers may love them, but coupons steer people away from inexpensive generics.

Healthcare

What Happens to Healthcare Costs When Nonprofit Hospitals Take a Financial Hit?

The answer has implications for the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Healthcare

What Happens to Patient Care When There Are Not Enough Nurses?

The impact can be significant, especially in nursing homes.

Healthcare

A Healthcare Policy Expert on Four Key Differences Between the ACA and the AHCA

Craig Garthwaite explains how the GOP proposal could impact patients, insurers, and hospitals.

Healthcare

Under the ACA, the Cost of Caring for the Uninsured Decreased for Hospitals

The benefit has come only in states that expanded Medicaid.

Operations

Is There a Better Way to Allocate Organs to Transplant Patients?

Two ideas for changing a system where people linger on waitlists while kidneys spoil.

Healthcare

The Hidden Benefits of TV Drug Ads

Patients and taxpayers benefit from controversial direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising.

Entrepreneurship

Can Your Invention Take the Heat?

An infant HIV test offers lessons for entrepreneurs designing for tough conditions.

Healthcare

Why Healthcare Spending Has Slowed

Is the Affordable Care Act getting too much credit?

Healthcare

Who Bears the Cost of the Uninsured? Nonprofit Hospitals.

When governments do not provide health insurance, hospitals must provide it instead.

Healthcare

Collaborating to Save Lives

For an integrated healthcare organization, culture is the key to operational efficiency.

Healthcare

Rebooting Employer-Sponsored Healthcare

Would employees be happier with more health plan choices?

Healthcare

When Hospitals Turn Away Ambulances

Uncovering flaws in a policy intended to prevent ER overcrowding

Healthcare

How Poverty Damages Health

Anti-poverty programs boost recipients’ well-being