The U.S. is falling behind other developed countries in health care access, efficiency and equity. Key findings in the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) report Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative were discussed at a briefing March 21 at the NAM in Washington, D.C. “We should ensure the care we deliver improves outcomes for everyone, is affordable and works synergistically across sectors to improve health,” said Victor Dzau, M.D., president of NAM and Research!America board member and one of the report’s authors.
The Vital Directions report series outlines key priorities for action and essential infrastructure needs to advance health and health care.
“This isn’t a political disagreement alone, [health care] is an economic and humanitarian imperative,” said The Hon. Michael Leavitt, former Utah Governor and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a report author.
The latest report’s recommendations include using consistent core metrics to guide progress, modernizing workforce skills, accelerating real-word evidence, and forging innovative clinical research processes and partnerships.
The Hon. Thomas Daschle, former U.S. Senator, and report author emphasized that efforts to improve health outcomes receive bipartisan support and “where there’s broad bipartisan support on health issues, there’s permanency.”
The event also featured remarks from members of the steering committee including Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, director, Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center and Research!America board member, and Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more at nam.edu/VitalDirections.