The U.S. healthcare system is undergoing huge transformation,

and there is a growing public concern about healthcare cost, quality, and value. Providers, insurers, and governments are focused on testing new healthcare delivery models and payment models, improving the evidence base about treatments and outcomes, and exploring new opportunities for use of information technology and small and large datasets. There is considerable debate about the effects of these new initiatives, and a constant need for evaluation and education.

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell has been formed to evaluate and inform this changing healthcare system and to be a hub of discovery. Our faculty focus on a variety of projects related to key healthcare policy and delivery topics, developing and spreading critical evidence that can be used to improve healthcare.

We pursue this mission through research, education, service, and innovation.

  • Research:
    Our faculty members have substantial research strengths across a variety of areas including healthcare policy and economics, data analytics and informatics, and comparative effectiveness and health outcomes research. Their innovative, quantitative and qualitative research addresses questions of the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and comparative effectiveness of various health care interventions and delivery models.

    In addition, we are developing an international footprint. Several faculty members are based in Doha, Qatar, where they lead and participate in numerous and varied research studies both in the Middle East and in other parts of the world. Many of these studies involve collaborations with faculty in New York. They also teach widely in the medical school and pre-medical school curriculum.
  • Education:
    Our faculty design, lead, and teach various educational programs and are invested in mentoring faculty, staff, and students. The Department offers graduate degree programs in health informatics, health policy and economics, and health analytics. We also sponsor several residency and fellowship programs and we are in the process of expanding our educational programs. Department members teach courses throughout the Weill Cornell Medical College and the CTSC/WCMC Graduate School of Medical Sciences, with CME, and in faculty training programs. Important educational activities are also conducted at affiliate institutions and through collaborative local and global programs.
  • Service:
    The Department collaborates closely with Weill Cornell's medical school, its Physician Organization, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on various clinical and policy projects. Our faculty partner with investigators in many departments, institutes, and areas of the medical college and hospital, including Cornell’s Tech Campus; departments of radiology, medicine, pediatrics, neurosurgery and cancer; the Center for Advanced Digestive Care; the Clinical and Translational Science Center; and the Joint Clinical Trials Office. Faculty members also have longstanding collaborative relationships with colleagues in universities and government as well as private non-profit organizations around the world, and with some for-profit companies.
  • Innovation:
    Department faculty research, develop and implement innovative technology and novel analytic methods to improve health and healthcare delivery. For example, faculty have conducted a series of studies to develop novel web-based displays of health risks that allow patients to interact with the graphical user interface in order to develop an intuitive understanding of the risk. Follow-up studies have examined how these graphics influenced risk-related perceptions, interacted with patient numeracy, and affected decisions about preventive care. Faculty are also collaborating with CornellNYC Tech researchers to develop new mobile technologies to improve connections between patients and providers when they are on the move.

    In addition to our wide-ranging collaborations, the Department offers special research consulting services in Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), and healthcare informatics. The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) continues to be a resource for interdisciplinary and cross-departmental collaborative research and educational programs aimed at improving health and healthcare through informatics and technology.