Cybersecurity at Academic Health Centers: Key Considerations for CEOs and C-suite Leaders
(2020) Cybersecurity is a central, high-level, and high-priority issue for academic health centers. An AAHC President's Council on Cybersecurity was created to work on outlining immediate steps that academic health center leadership can take in support of their management team and institution in the domains of readiness, response, and recovery. This resultant guide is the product of their deliberations and examination of this critical topic for our institutions.
(2018) Academic Medicine, By Steven A. Wartman and Donald C. Combs
Medical education has undergone numerous changes since the Flexner Report, but the changes enacted thus far are inadequate to meet the needs of 21st century medicine powered by artificial intelligence. Medical knowledge is increasingly being externalized as healthcare consumers, companies, and evolving new types of practitioners enter the field. This article highlights the contention that changes in medical education will be insufficient if they are not responsive to the new skills required by practitioners in the age of artificial intelligence.
The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) believes that optimizing alignment between the education, research, and clinical missions of academic health centers is crucial to the future of these vital organizations and the populations they serve. Such alignment—where education, research, and patient care inform one another and make each other more effective—creates enormous potential for improved health and well-being as a learning health system progresses. This is the rationale for the creation of the Aligned Institutional Mission (AIM) Program™.
To that end, AAHC distributed a survey to member institutions to help guide the AIM Program as it prepares for the full roll-out to all members in 2018. The mission alignment survey garnered a total of 42 responses from AAHC and AAHCI member institutions.
(2015) This book provides comprehensive and forward-thinking perspectives that are of deep value to those who lead and work at academic health centers as well as those interested in the future of health professions education, biomedical and clinical research, and patient care and population health. The book consists of 25 chapters that include compelling case studies, professional best practices, and provocative assessments, and is divided into four main sections: (I) The Evolution of the Academic Health Center; (II) Educating the Future Health Workforce; (III) The Challenge of Discovery; and (IV) Preparing for Health System Change.
(2015) These personal reflections by the chapter authors in AAHC’s book, The Transformation of Academic Health Centers, reveal insights that dip beneath the surface and add meaning and depth to the material covered in the book.
(2015) This report identifies consensus challenges and barriers to addressing social determinants of health, proposes a variety of responses and solutions, and focuses in particular on the role of academic health centers in collaboration with other stakeholders
(2014) Developed with the advice and insight of academic leaders and leading search firm executives, this valuable resource offers a clear and efficient approach to finding the right candidate for high-level appointments and key faculty positions by breaking down the search process into three coordinated phases. Because the process of searching for new leaders and key faculty cannot be separated from the characteristics of successful leaders, the guide also presents a straight-forward analysis of leadership skills. The goal is to increase the potential for a successful choice through structuring a search process that speaks to the values and needs of the institutions.
Price: Members - $18.95/Non-members - $28.95
(2014) The Lancet, By Edward Hillhouse, Steven Wartman
Healthcare delivery, education of health professionals, and health research are rapidly changing. Trends—such as an aging population, an increasing burden of chronic diseases, and economic shifts—are generating new needs, and academic health centers are at the nexus of these important changes. It is now generally recognized that the best education, research, and care models result when these three areas are inter-related in what has been described as a virtuous cycle.
(2014) The majority of research conducted by academic health centers occurs within medical schools. There is considerable confusion among policy-makers regarding the relative contribution of sponsored research – by government, industry and foundations – toward the total cost of research. This report provides key findings from AAHC’s Benchmarks & Metrics Initiative, Financial Expense and Funding Source Data Project that address: the proportion of medical schools’ expenses attributable to research; the relationship between medical schools’ external grants & contracts funding and total research expenditures; and the proportion of research expenditures funded from internal institutional funds (not external sponsored research).
(2013) AAHC issued this update to its landmark 2008 report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, noting that much had changed and that much still needs to be done. This report focuses on other factors at play in the current health workforce environment beyond the numbers, including misaligned incentives, long-standing barriers to interprofessional collaboration, and rapidly evolving technology.
(2013) This update to AAHC’s milestone report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, addresses important developments that changed the environment in which health workforce reform policies must be formulated and implemented, and provides recommendations for the work that still must be done to address the strains on the nation’s health workforce.
(2012) A groundbreaking publication that provides in-depth accounts and details of the knowledge and skills necessary to lead these complex organizations that educate health professionals, conduct research, and deliver advanced care. > Read More
Price: Members - $45.00/Non-members - $59.95
(2009) The Lancet, By Steven A Wartman, Edward W Hillhouse, Louise Gunning-Schepers, John EL Wong
Governments around the world struggle with the challenges of providing good-quality healthcare, but knowledge on which to base sound rational decisions is in short supply. This lack of knowledge has presented a convincing case for a new organizational model that more closely links academic medicine and clinical practice. Academic medicine—along with its access to multiple disciplines, including the engineering, physical, and social sciences—holds a critical key to developing solutions to the challenges of effective healthcare.
(2009) AAHC conducted an extensive survey on the organization, management, operations, and finances of academic health centers nationwide. The results of the survey identified key statistics, trends, and gauges that clearly reveal the vital importance of academic health centers to the nation’s economic development, in the advancement of biomedical research nationally and globally, and for the provision of and access to needed and diverse health care services in our communities.
(2008/2013 Update) This AAHC report focuses attention on the critical need for a new, collaborative, coordinated, national health workforce planning initiative. The report’s seven chapters include more than 40 findings that document what is “out of order” with respect to the nation’s health workforce, as well as the looming social and economic forces that leave no time for further delay before the problems get dramatically worse.
(2008) This editorial article summarizes 10 articles that appeared in a 2008 issue of Academic Medicine, highlighting evolutionary trends under way within academic health centers and the importance of striving for strategic alignment of the enterprise as a whole. The author notes the management and leadership challenges that are changing fundamentally the ways in which academic health centers operate. These challenges have catalyzed a remolding of the academic health center from an ivory tower to a complex business enterprise that captures the power of a “virtuous cycle,” whereby clinical revenue and academic performance support each other by being strategically and tactically aligned.
(2008) This brochure provides academic health center leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels with a short-hand guide on managing emergency response activities within academic health centers to help ensure that institutions and communities can respond to an array of emergencies and natural disasters.
(2008) This book includes a set of papers commissioned by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) to elucidate some of the thorny issues related to producing and retaining a 21st century U.S. health workforce. Authors include national experts who delineate some difficult yet unresolved challenges, including workforce regulations, professional and educational standards, and workplace practices and offer possible responses on multiple fronts.
(2007) The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Daniel W. Rahn and Steven A. Wartman
In this article, the authors present findings showing that the healthcare shortage in the United States is serious. Some experts may argue that there is no cause for alarm because workforce shortages are cyclical, market-driven, and easily ameliorated. But that perspective is not valid today, and the workforce shortfall in healthcare cannot be resolved in the marketplace alone.
(2006) In this brief guide, academic health center leaders share their advice, insights, and concerns based on firsthand experiences with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as major involvement in local, regional, and national disaster planning operations for terrorism and biodefense.