A Path for Progress for U.S. Health Care

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic showed us what many health care thought leaders already knew about the health care system in the United States. It is broken.

The U.S. is touted as the most medically innovative and capable in the world, yet we are reporting some of the highest infection and death rates from the virus.

What the COVID-19 crisis has revealed is our health care system is far too complex, too costly and fraught with disparity in both treatment and outcomes. 

This revelation, while tragic, may lead to change. Tufts Medical Center President and CEO Michael Apkon, MD, PhD, MBA believes that the spotlight the pandemic has placed on our failing health The Cover of Dr. Apkon's E booksystem could spark desperately needed transformation.

In his new e-book entitled “A Path for Progress for U.S. Health Care,” Dr. Apkon, drawing on his experience as a health care administrator in the U.S. and in Canada’s single-payer system, makes a compelling case for a new type of health system - one that reduces administrative burden, unwinds perverse financial incentives, optimizes the use of technology and provided medical care access to all. 

About Michael Apkon, MD, PhD, MBA

Dr. Michael Apkon standing at Tufts MCDr. Michael Apkon is an acclaimed health care administrator, physician and researcher who has worked at and with some of the most prestigious medical organizations in the world. Dr. Apkon became President and Chief Executive Officer at Tufts Medical Center in September of 2018. Previously, he served as President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto Ontario, recognized as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and Canada’s most research-intensive hospital. Dr. Apkon has also held senior executive and academic roles at top academic health science centers including Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Vice President for Performance Management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the Vice President/Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management. 

Dr. Apkon has extensive international management experience in both pediatric and adult-oriented health care, working with organizations and governments in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, and the Middle East as well as North America. He has consulted widely on business development, capacity development, and management systems as well as quality and safety improvement. He is an expert in strategy, systems development, and operations management, as well as the application of lean and high reliability organizational thinking to drive improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency.