Health care is experiencing a series of major changes in national fiscal policy, the adoption of quality standards and reporting metrics, reimbursement policies, and disruptive technologies. In response to rapidly rising costs and inconsistent quality, there is pressure to demonstrate value. Emergency care, from prehospital medicine to hospital-based emergency departments, is under added scrutiny due to high costs and the lack of evidence supporting improved quality and outcomes. There is a pressing need for technology to integrate the best evidence at the point of care (decision support), well-developed and evaluated quality metrics, and rigorous outcomes and economic evaluation of these technologies and policies.
The Division of Health Policy Translation (DHPT) in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to translational research of key issues in health policy and health services. Division members are engaged in a wide range of projects, focusing on issues relating to health care financing, access to care, federal health insurance reforms, patient safety, quality of care and outcomes, mental health services, and the impact of changes in the health care market on providers and patients.