A Web of Information
For more information about health policy and management, consider these online resources:
- Government and International Agencies
- Health Education and Data Groups
- Important Health Organizations and Companies
- American Journal of Public Health
Monthly periodical on a wide range of global health issues. Includes numerous population-based and demographic studies.
- Health Affairs
Journal on the health care industry focusing on management, best practices, quality control, financial considerations in the health care industry, and current topics and innovations in provision of care.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association
Weekly publication of original research, with a focus on biology and medical issues.
- The New England Journal of Medicine
Weekly journal featuring the best and most significant clinical research in health care. Particular focus on prescription drugs and clinical case studies.
- The Scientist
Daily publication of science-related news, particularly focused on genetics, biotechnology and research.
Government and International Agencies
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Government agency intended to translate research findings into better patient care and provide policymakers and other health care leaders with information needed to make health care decisions.
- The National Institute of Health
The United States' central agency coordinating and conducting research into basic sciences; provides grants to researchers around the country. The website contains information on various diseases, as well as clinical basic research trials. Also has links to the NIH's 27 institutes and centers that conduct research into a wide range of health issues.
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Describes public health initiatives for the city including the 'Take Care New York' policy, provides detailed data on health status in different neighborhoods, gives directions on how to find the appropriate health-care provider, and contains links to dozens of publications on various health issues pertinent to the city and its residents.
- New York State Department of Health
Features New York state laws, regulations and resources, such as long-term care, hospital information by region, types of health-care providers in the state, and statistics and data.
- The Office of Minority Health
This agency of Health and Human Services aims to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.
- Partners for Health
A group of the U.S. Agency for International Development that concentrates on health policy and health systems around the world, using technical assistance and education to train health agencies in more than 20 countries. The site describes the organization's focus areas, which include community- based health financing, hospital strengthening, infectious disease surveillance, and reproductive and maternal health.
- United Nations Development Programme
Provides information on the United Nations programs geared toward specific problems in the developing world, including HIV/AIDS and crisis prevention and recovery.
- United Nations Population Fund
Provides information on United Nations programs that strive to ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health.
- The U.S. Census Bureau
Detailed information from the 2000 U.S. census, including demographic data relevant to health status. Special feature section on health insurance coverage in America.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC serves as the national center for developing and applying national disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities. This website focuses on recent biological research, educational efforts, workplace safety, health data and statistics, and infectious and communicable diseases.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The site describes resources and updates on national policies in place to help prevent disease, respond to emergencies, and provide benefits to people in need, such as seniors and the impoverished. Links are available to sites dedicated to specific diseases, the federal Medicare program, the 'Medline' website pertaining to a wide range of health issues and news, and job opportunities for health careers.
- The U.S. Department of Labor
Features on the site include descriptions of federal guidelines under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which pertains to most private sector health plans, and other federal health rights and benefits.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Site of the regulatory body overseeing prescription drugs and food safety, including information on approval processes for new and generic drugs, drug safety warnings, drug advertising guidelines, product recalls, and medical devices.
- The World Health Organization
Focuses on global health issues, including a discussion of major crises, epidemics, infectious diseases, environmental issues, natural disasters and United Nations efforts to help victims of all of these problems.
Health Education and Data Groups
- The American College Health Association
The organization provides advocacy, education, communications, products and services to members on campuses around the country, as well as promoting competent practices to enhance its the health of students and the campus community.
- The American College of Healthcare Executives
The central group bringing together the nation's healthcare executives, ACHE focuses on management issues at hospitals, healthcare systems, and non-profit health organizations. Site includes information on executive-education programs and ACHE's publications.
- American Public Health Association
The APHA represents a variety of public health professionals and engages in issues ranging from governmental health programs to pollution control to chronic and infectious diseases to a smoke-free society. Site contains information about the association's programs and publications, as well as state public health associations.
- The Association of University Programs in Health Administration
The AUPHA guides programs in health administration in management, advocates for research on management and the organization and delivery of health services and promotes graduate and undergraduate health curriculum reforms and faculty development. The organization is resource to faculty and to programs in health management education.
- The Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
CAHME's principal focus is accrediting master's level healthcare management programs in the United States and Canada. It sets the criteria by which such programs are accredited, including curriculum measures and requirements for student resources, and conducts thorough reviews of graduate-level programs.
- Decision Resources
This consulting and health-services company provides surveys and data on a host of industry issues that help drugmakers, health managers and other businesses better target and focus on their markets. Decision Resources markets in-depth studies about each major therapeutic area, their trends, and likely outcomes in the future.
- IMS Health
The leading pharmaceuticals data and information company, offering reports about every major disease area and the health status of populations in countries around the world.
- Demographic and Health Surveys
Provides surveys about health issues around the world; the data is supplied to the U.S. Agency for International Development and is crucial to forming views on households and on women's health internationally.
- Pennsylvania's "Health Statistics Technical Assistance: Tools of the Trade"
Pennsylvania's "Health Statistics Technical Assistance: Tools of the Trade" provides comprehensive explanations and definitions for key health research and statistical terms, such as birth rates, death rates, and average length of stay in hospitals.
Important Health Organizations and Companies
- American Health Information Management Association
As the association of health information management professionals, the organization promotes the proper use, accessibility, management, and analysis of data that is vital for patient care, a function that is particularly pertinent with new technology being adopted by provider organizations around the country and a new federal medical privacy law in place.
- The American Medical Association
Represents physicians nationwide and promotes their interests, ethical standards, and codes of conduct.
- The Commonwealth Fund
This private foundation supports research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The fund aims to inform people about their health care and improve care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured.
- Greater New York Hospital Association
The organization is a trade association representing more than 250 not-for-profit hospitals and continuing care facilities in the New York metropolitan area and throughout New York State, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. It is the principal advocate for its member organizations, particularly in lobbying government agencies.
- Greenshield Canada
Greenshield Canada offers the latest information on healthcare in Canada.
- HCA Inc.
The nation's largest for-profit hospital chain with massive power to negotiate and set standards; the web site contains career opportunities, as well as patient-safety and ethics policies for its hospitals.
- Health Leaders
Comprehensive compilation of news articles from around the country regarding the health industry, with particular interest in business and publicly traded companies such as drugmakers, biotechnology companies, medical device makers, hospital companies, health insurers. Also conveys legal and governmental news pertaining to health.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation
One of the largest health research and management organizations in the country, the foundation is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, a major California insurer. Reports focus on health spending and government health programs.
- New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
As New York City's public health system, the corporation operates 11 acute-care hospitals, six diagnostic and treatment centers, four long-term care facilities, a certified home health care agency, and more than 100 community health clinics. Through its MetroPlus subsidiary, HHC operates a health plan that enrolls members in the Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus plans.
- Pfizer Inc.
The world's largest drug maker, with more than $50 billion in annual sales, Pfizer makes a wide range of medicines for almost every disease, including the world's top-selling drug, cholesterol medication Lipitor. The web site provides detailed information on the company's medicines, its research efforts, and other health issues.
- Public Citizen's Health Research Group
The organization serves as a consumer watchdog on health care, monitoring the safety of prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter medications, physician practices, and workplace conditions. Highlights hundreds of publications and press releases.
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The organization is a leading underwriter of health research around the country, with the aim of improving various aspects of health care for Americans. Its grants focus on health insurance coverage, quality of care, substance abuse, and community health. The foundation funded $316.5 million in grants and projects in 2003.
Consumer health site intended to help patients educate themselves about disease, as well as provide up-to-date health information from recent news reports and studies. Takes a holistic approach to health care information, with content on herbs, drugs, supplements, weight loss, and a 'medical library.'
- WellPoint Health Networks Inc.
Since it acquired Anthem Inc. last year, WellPoint is now the largest health insurance company in the United States, covering 28 million Americans and operating Blue Cross and Blue Shield networks in 13 states. The company has enormous negotiating power, and its policies have a large effect on provider organizations and prescription drug coverage .