As we learn even more about human genetics, medicine is entering in a new wave of innovation, based on the identification of new genetic markers that allow doctors to target disease with precision never dreamed of. How will this shape the delivery of health care in the years to come?
The Skyrocketing Costs of Healthcare
If skyrocketing costs of health care are really the fundamental culprit, how do we control the costs? Can competition and free markets really control health care costs: where competition has worked and where it has failed, and what we can do to make markets work.
Technology, Apps and Reduced Healthcare Cost
How costumers empowered with new information and enabling apps can drive value in health delivery and health promotion.
Why health care spending in the U.S. is twice the average of other industrialized nations--with worse outcomes! Is the answer national health insurance or a single payer system? Are we looking in the right place to reduce health spending?
The Role of Primary Care Physicians in Healthcare Reform
What the individual active primary care physician can do to shape health care reform and thereby affect some control over her/his destiny and ensure patient-centeredness. Are we as helpless as we think?
The Future of Healthcare Reform
A look into the crystal ball of health care reform in Washington, DC: Back to the Future (but be ready to eat crushed glass). What will happen over the next six months … and the next five years?
What can be expected and at how great a cost in an era of limited resources. Is prevention really the answer to our health care woes? How can the legislators say that prevention is not cost effective?
A reversible epidemic that requires a multi-dimensional creative solution: the driving forces, the policy levers, and individual responsibility. A perspective from the Vice-Chair of the First Lady’s task force on obesity (and physician and policy maker).
Lessons from ObamaCare
Comprehensive reform is attempted every 17.5 years but has never been successful. Lessons learned from ObamaCare: can the American health care sector be transformed from one that is “volume-driven” to one that is “value-driven?”
Why what happens to a family in Africa matters to a family in America. Drawing upon personal experiences of practicing medicine in 7 countries in Africa.
Global health and International Relief
Reflections from personal experiences on the ground immediately after Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and Haiti. We are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
A Heart to Serve
Capture your passions, shape them, and project them through action to make the world a better place. Centered on Senator Frist’s own medical volunteerism and his theory of using “medicine as a currency for peace.”
Global Health and the Moral Imperative to Save Lives Around the World
How cheap, proven actions can save 10,000 of the 25,000 young children who die every day of preventable causes. By the chairman of Save the Children’s global Survive to 5 campaign.
Fighting Global Poverty
Revolutionary new approaches to international aid and fighting global poverty: Using a results-based, metrics-driven approach to partnering with the poorest countries of the world to lift them out of poverty through sustainable economic development (the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Clinton Bush Haiti Fund experiences).
A Political Pioneer
Senator-Doctor Frist is a true “citizen-legislator.” After 20 years in medicine, Sen. Frist launched his remarkable political career in 1994. After defeating five opponents in a hard-fought primary, Sen. Frist faced a popular three-term senator who was in line to become the next Democratic majority leader. The campaign unfolded as a battle between a career politician and a populist outsider. Bill Frist won by a resounding 13 points and became the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928. Sen. Frist rose to the position of Majority Leader with fewer total years in Congress than any person in history. His tenure as Senate Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007 put him in the position to push through numerous government initiatives, including tax cuts for all Americans, prescription drugs for seniors, the nominations of two Supreme Court Justices, the U.S. global HIV/AIDS initiative, and introduction of the concept of “medicine as a currency for peace” into official public diplomacy.
A Medical Pioneer
Consistently recognized as one of the most influential healthcare experts in America, Dr. Frist has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants – including the first lung transplant and the first pediatric heart transplant in Tennessee and the first successful combined heart-lung transplant in the Southeast. After completing his surgical training in Boston and California, Frist returned to his hometown of Nashville to establish a center for the new therapies of heart and lung transplantation. In 1986 he became Director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's heart and lung transplantation program. Three years later he founded the multi-organ Vanderbilt Transplant Center. Under his visionary leadership, the center became recognized as one of the premier, full service transplant facilities in the United States. In addition to writing large scale national health policy, Dr. Frist has also written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts on medical science.
A Heart to Serve
In his captivating book, A Heart to Serve: The Passion to Bring health, Hope, and Healing, Senator Frist shares his unique experience as a heart transplant surgeon and U.S. senator to inspire people to make a difference wherever they are and whatever position they are in by helping others, risking failure, challenging the status quo, and above all, having a heart to serve. One of the brightest and most forward-thinking senators, he tackles controversial issues to offer feasible solutions. His simple philosophy for peace, for example, is service. With heartfelt love for family and country, warmhearted humor, and a doctor's comforting tones, Senator Frist writes openly about the values and experiences that shaped his life, and challenges and inspires everyone to find a place where they, too, can make a difference.
A Voice for Global Health and Democracy
Frist has traveled to more than a dozen African countries over the last decade to study HIV/AIDS and malaria policy and personally perform surgery in Sudanese, Kenyan, Ugandan, and Mozambican hospitals. He regularly leads rapid response medical teams to disaster areas including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and Kenya and Somalia during the 2011 famine. He is a former co-chairman of the ONE Campaign’s presidential initiative, ONE Vote ’08, which engaged the public on issues of global health and extreme poverty. He currently chairs Save the Children’s global “Newborn and Child Survival” campaign, which seeks to provide basic health interventions that can save more than six million children around the world each year.
Hope Through Healing Hands
Hope Through Healing Hands is Senator Frist’s global health care initiative. The organization's mission is to promote improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Through the prism of health diplomacy, the organization envisions a world where all individuals and families can obtain access to a skilled, motivated, and supported health worker, within a robust health system-domestic and abroad. Specifically, they support partnership in service and training for sustainability. Under the umbrella of health diplomacy, Hope Through Healing Hands' initiatives surround global issues such as child survival/maternal health, clean water, extreme poverty, and global disease such as HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Strategically, the organization promotes Global Partnership by working hand-in-hand with leading organizations who best address these issues in developing nations.
Senator is currently the Chairman of Tennessee Score (The Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education, which is an initiative to jumpstart long-term educational change in Tennessee to ensure that every child graduates high school prepared for college or a career. SCORE will achieve this goal by (1) developing a strategic plan for K-12 education reform in Tennessee via a statewide Steering Committee of key stakeholders (2) launching a number of Project Teams to initiate both statewide and local education projects and (3) running a grassroots campaign to promote the state's new standards, identify education activists across the state, and create conversations among local community leaders about how each community can improve its local schools.