Robert E. Mechanic is Senior Fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and Executive Director of the Health Industry Forum, a national program established to develop practical strategies for improving the quality and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system. Prior to Brandeis, Mr. Mechanic ran a strategic healthcare consultancy, serving health systems, managed healthcare plans, and policy research organizations. Mr. Mechanic formerly was a Senior Healthcare Analyst with Forrester Research, a technology and business strategy research firm, where he analyzed the use of information technology and the Internet to improve healthcare business processes and clinical quality. From 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice President with the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) where he was responsible for healthcare finance, policy and research. From 1988 to 1998, Mr. Mechanic was a consultant and Vice President with the Lewin Group, a Washington D.C.-based healthcare consulting firm where his practice focused on hospital finance, state health policy, and healthcare reform. Mr. Mechanic’s work has been published in such professional journals as JAMA, Health Affairs, Business and Health, and Benefits Quarterly. Mr. Mechanic earned an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in economics with distinction from the University of Wisconsin.
Princeton Conference XIX: May 23, 2012