The following is an excerpt from FELIX SALMON | June 21, 2018 | Slate.com |
The doctor, New Yorker writer, and public health researcher Atul Gawande has famously and convincingly demonstrated that there is effectively no correlation between price and quality when it comes to U.S. health care. What’s more, he has argued quite effectively that there are many ways to reduce costs while also improving the quality of care. Gawande founded Ariadne Labs, a joint project of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard devoted to improving health outcomes around the world, with a focus on the days when people have surgery or give birth. On a relatively modest eight-figure budget, Ariadne has already touched millions of lives and has received support from a long list of organizations including the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.
Now, Gawande is giving up his job as executive director of Ariadne Labs to take on an even bigger challenge: He’s becoming the CEO of the mysterious new organization known as ABC.
His first job there will be to define exactly what ABC is, because right now, no one really knows. But if he gets it right, the potential impact of ABC could end up dwarfing that of Ariadne or anything he’s done.
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