Founders’ Vision: The institute would be focused on conducting research that was independent and evidence-based, ultimately using facts to drive positive change in health reform.
Pioneers of Yesterday
NEHI was founded in 2002 by a group of influential health care leaders concerned that the diverse and often competing sectors of health care were not talking to one another about how to fix the broken health care system. The galvanizing idea was to provide a forum where all health care interests could identify, debate and seek solutions to pressing health care issues.
The catalysts for this enterprise were Henri Termeer (CEO of Genzyme), Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD, (then Dean of Harvard Medical School), Sam Thier, MD, (then CEO, Partners Health Care), Fred Telling, PhD (then VP of Corporate Policy and Strategic Management, Pfizer) and Charlie Baker (CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care).
The goal was to use the unparalleled resources and spirit of New England’s health care industry as a test bed for innovation in health care. Reach could then be extended nationally.
Leaders of Today
In five years, NEHI has become a credible and visible force in promoting change in health care.
We have published more than 20 reports on cutting-edge issues including:
- Removing waste and inefficiency from health care
- Fostering the adoption of proven medical technologies
- Promoting prevention and wellness in primary care
- Identifying opportunities for strengthening the relationship between our physical health and our economic health
NEHI counts among its members leading organizations from all sectors of health care. The diverse roster includes Harvard Medical School, American Cancer Society, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Millipore Corporation, Wyeth, WellPoint, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Philips Medical Systems and EMC Corporation.
Today, NEHI is proud to count itself as a trusted source and thought leader on solutions to tough issues that cut across health care sectors. In the end, providing mutual solutions to mutual problems will accrue to the benefit of the true constituents of health care — patients and their families.