All of next week, I will be in Montreux, Switzerland participating for the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.  I am a health systems person so this is the kind of a conference that people like me live for.  Thanks to support from the World Health Organization, the conference organizers, I also plan to be tweeting and blogging from the conference on the cutting edge heath systems research that will be presented.  I hope I can do the excellent research that will be presented justice.

To give you an idea of some of the sessions, here are a few previews:

  • On Monday, the Rockefeller Foundation will release a new report: Catalyzing Change: The System Reform costs of Universal Healthcare, the first ever report that analyzes the costs of putting the infrastructure and systems in place to permanently shift healthcare spending from out of pocket to a universal and social insurance model.
  • On Wednesday, Rifat Atun from the Global Fund will be giving a the Health Policy and Planning annual lecture entitled “Global Health and Health Systems at a Crossroad”.
  • Julio Frenk will be giving the keynote, entitled “Health Systems Research for the 21st Century: The Power of Knowledge in an Interdependent World”.  I’ve seen him give a variation of this talk a few times, but I don’t know why, I always find him so inspring.
  • Atul Gawande will give a talk called “Why Health Systems Fail”.  Love it.

If you are also planning to attend, let me know.  Perhaps we can organize a tweet-up or get together over fondue one night!

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4 Responses to “The stuff I live for: the Montreux conference on Health Systems Research”

  1. What do u thnk the Conf. will achieve? I'll follow u for more on that! @KarenGrepin: Stuff I live for #hsr2010: http://bit.ly/aJUmQE

  2. Amanda M says:

    Two of my coworkers will be there presenting some HSS research we've been working on – I'll look forward to your tweets and updates!

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