A health care mover and shaker

by Andy Oram

We often hear that technological upgrades in the health care industry could prevent errors, save money, and bring health care to more people. But did you know there's an organized international movement to make this happen? Last night I got to hear from a key leader in the movement.

Donald M. Berwick has been coordinating radical health care changes for fifteen years through his Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was feted last night at a dinner by the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action, where it seemed like the entire leadership of the formidable Boston-area medical industry turned out to honor him: Harvard and Tufts medical schools, Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many, many others.