Our industry reality

As the health care industry undergoes unprecedented transformation, health care administrators, physicians and other clinical and operational leaders must help shape a sustainable health care system that is capable of providing high quality, accessible and affordable care.

The Vizient Research Institute advances critical thinking and provides strategic thought leadership through rigorous quantitative research investigations with a focus on broad health care economic trends affecting the affordability and sustainability of our health care delivery system.

The Vizient Research Institute has a long tradition of providing strategic thought leadership. By challenging intuition and posing questions that cause members to think differently, we help them affect change within their own organizations while inspiring them to revolutionize the U.S. health delivery system. 
Tom RobertsonExecutive Director, Vizient Research Institute 

Research on health care economic trends

Throughout the year we publish research findings available as an exclusive benefit to Vizient Member Network participants. These publications include:

  • Annual economic research study
  • Strategic Viewpoint
  • Topical research papers

Additionally, Tom Robertson, executive director, Vizient Research Institute publishes blogs throughout the year that further explore health care economic trends and address current issues top of mind for leaders, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Tom’s blogs

Elective procedures

A Paradox and a Playground: What We Learned From a Virus

Depending on where you grew up, you might refer to the contraption as either a see-saw or a teeter-totter. The ones I knew as a kid were nothing more than a long board fastened at its center to a fulcrum. A handle, made of pipe, was screwed into each end … It was important to choose a riding companion roughly your size. Balance was everything.
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Patient care

Into the Line of Fire: Tracing the Footsteps of Heroes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The dictionary defines a hero as a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Common synonyms for the adjective heroic are bold, courageous and valiant. When I think of heroes, my mind tends to focus on courage, and more specifically on courage in the face of imminent personal danger.
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Controlling Health Care Costs in the US: A Fresh Look at Price Transparency

Our latest health care economic research study set out to test the impact of price transparency on reducing health care spending. Following a national survey of commercially insured consumers, in-depth interviews and focus groups, the study concluded that price transparency in health care will fall considerably short of the impacts hoped for by payers and policy makers.

Our leadership

The Vizient Research Institute is led by Executive Director Tom Robertson. For 25 years, Robertson and his team have been responsible for conducting groundbreaking health care economic research using a systematic, integrated approach to drive exceptional member value. The investigations quickly uncover practical, tested results that lead to measurable improvement in clinical and economic performance for members.

Discover how the Vizient Research Institute can help you understand health care economic trends