Centers of Excellence

The three Centers of Excellence to Study High-Performing Health Care Systems are examining different aspects of the U.S. health system in order to understand factors that affect the use of evidence-based medicine.

Dartmouth College Center of Excellence

Dartmouth College, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, and the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, is conducting a national survey of health care organizations and systems. This group will explore how market and organizational factors influence the implementation of biomedical, health system, and patient-engagement innovations. Read more about the Dartmouth College Center of Excellence.

NBER Center of Excellence

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a team of collaborators is creating a national and longitudinal database on the organization of health care delivery, including administrative and survey data, to identify and describe health systems and to examine the relationship between organization of the delivery system and performance. The team will measure outcomes in multiple domains and at multiple levels of organization. In addition to national analyses, the team will conduct analyses that focus on specific subpopulations and delivery system components, including cancer care, pediatric health care delivery, dialysis, and postacute care. Read more about the NBER Center of Excellence.

RAND Center of Excellence

RAND Corporation, in collaboration with researchers from Pennsylvania State University, University of California at Los Angeles, Harvard University, and five regional health improvement collaboratives, is constructing an integrated data library. This library draws on administrative and survey data as well as findings from interviews and focus groups to provide information on individual health systems and their performance. The team will use these data to explore the role of incentives, use of health information technology, organizational integration, and strategies used by federally qualified health centers to improve performance. Read more about the RAND Center of Excellence.

Page last reviewed August 2017
Page originally created September 2016
Internet Citation: Centers of Excellence. Content last reviewed August 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/chsp/about-chsp/centers-of-excellence/index.html