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Project Background

In coordination with BPC‘s Health Project, which is led by Health Project co-leaders and former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN), the Health Innovation Initiative conducts research and collaborates with experts and stakeholders across health care to develop recommendations that promote innovation as well as the use of IT to drive improvements in the cost, quality, and patient experience of care. Key areas of focus include the following:

  • Creating the information foundation for delivery system and payment reforms that promote higher-quality, more cost effective care.
  • Expanding engagement of consumers in their health and health care to improve outcomes in cost, quality, and patient experience of care.
  • Accelerating the electronic exchange of health information across the multiple settings in which care and services are delivered to support coordinated, accountable, patient-centered care that improves quality and reduces costs.
  • Assuring privacy and security of electronic health information by gaining agreement among stakeholders in health care on a set of principles, policies, and strategies for managing privacy as it relates to both the delivery of care and improvements in population health.
  • Assuring patient safety in health IT, while preserving an environment that fosters the innovation needed for a rapidly changing health care system.
  • Advancing innovation in new areas that will promote better outcomes in quality and cost, including those related to personalized and genomic medicine.

Responsibilities

The intern will work with project staff on writing and research, event planning, monitoring news and congressional activity, blogging and communications activities. Interns will be asked to handle multiple assignments and deadlines. As with any job, project needs and the intern’s skill set will play a large role in determining precise responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Efficient worker with ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strong interest in health policy issues and knowledge of health innovation