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.

Our research

Made available exclusively to Vizient Member Network participants are the annual economic research study findings and topical research papers. Monthly blogs and podcast episodes are
publicly available.

Health Care as an Uncommon Good: In Search of a Path Forward

American medicine faces an identity crisis. The unanswered question whether health care is a right (a common good), or a privilege (a private good) is more than philosophical; the answer dictates which economic model makes the most sense. For health care to be broadly accessible, without socioeconomic disparities, and sustainably affordable, it must eventually be recognized as a common good, with all of the economic consequences that accompany such a designation.

Crosswinds podcast

Crosswinds is a series of casual conversations with national thought leaders hosted by Tom Robertson, executive director of the Vizient Research Institute. New episodes released every month feature the brightest people in health care considering questions that others haven’t thought to ask – always remarkable, never exactly what you’d expect, and having fun along the way.

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Practice and Proficiency: From the Airport to the Operating Room

A reflection on one aspect of the Vizient Research Institute’s 2021 study, the prevalence of high-risk surgical procedures occurring in low-volume settings and its juxtaposition with the views of physicians, health system executives and patients.

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Windstorms, Flash Floods, and Forest Fires: A Hard Look at Healthcare Pricing

The way we pay for healthcare – in particular, the cross-subsidization of public sector patients by private sector pricing – is a significant contributor to health disparities. What if we funded disaster relief the way that we pay for healthcare? The social good arising from healthcare is not very different from the social good arising from disaster relief but we finance the two endeavors completely different.

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"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 Robertson
Executive Director, Vizient Research Institute

Controlling health care costs in the US: A fresh look at price transparency

One of our recent health care economic research studies 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.

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