Despite icy temperatures and one of the worst Boston snowfalls of Winter 2017, Commissioners, Advisory Council members, and researchers convened for the inception meeting of the Lancet Global Health HQSS Commission from March 13th to 15th.
The three-day meeting began with a full-day public event co-hosted by Harvard Global Health Institute and the HQSS Commission. The event challenged speakers, Commissioners, and over 300 in-person and web-based audience members to stir debate and ask new questions on defining and delivering quality in health systems of low and middle income countries. Learn more about the first day here.
The second and third days of the inception meeting were restricted to Commissioners and the Advisory Council. Both days focused on setting the agenda for the Commission’s work over the next two years. Commissioners and Advisory Council members outlined and organized Commission efforts into four working groups, Definition and Description, Measurement, Improvement, and Ethics and Equity.
Commissioners also discussed plans to establish National Commissions – independent commissions on quality within countries. Several countries will begin establishing national commissions, more information will be posted on our website as National Commissions are finalized.
Throughout the two days, Commissioners emphasized several themes: 1. Patients are at the center of quality efforts and are arbiters of quality; 2. Quality measurement must be efficient and focused on what matters most rather than what is easily measured; 3. Equity is integral – health systems must provide quality for all people.
Following the meeting, Commissioners and researchers will begin work on analyses and research. Check out our HQSS Blog and new research under Our Work for up-to-date activities of the HQSS Commission.