- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Dartmouth College has been awarded $17.5 million over five years to build on its work evaluating the performance of health care systems, identifying waste and offering solutions.

The funding is part of $52 million being awarded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which named Dartmouth one of three National Centers of Excellence to study health care delivery and patient outcomes.

The other two centers are the National Bureau of Economic Research in collaboration with the Health Research & Educational Trust, and the RAND Corporation, in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University.

Each center will have a different focus. The Dartmouth group will survey health care organizations and systems across the country to better understand their inner workings, including how they have implemented innovations in medicine, health care delivery and patient engagement.

“Almost everyone agrees that the U.S. health care system is fraught with waste, achieves variable quality, and fails to address important determinants of health. But few agree about exactly what to do,” said Elliott Fisher, the grant’s principal investigator and director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “This generous award will allow us to learn from the changes already under way in health systems across the country to develop guidance for policy makers, employers, and health system leaders to help accelerate the transition to a higher-performing health care system.”

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