First Responder (Forbes)

Dartmouth’s motto, Vox clamantis in deserto (a voice crying out in the wilderness) “epitomizes” President Jim Yong Kim, writes Forbes reporter Kai Falkenberg, Class of 1995. "Not the type to do anything halfway, he's now, with increasing crescendo, trying to forge a market-driven solution to the nation's unsustainable health care costs and using Dartmouth as a laboratory to do so.”

In December 2010, Dartmouth announced the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, which brings U.S. hospitals together to share research and best practices. And this year, the first class of students started courses in the new master's program at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science.

“On paper it's a master's program. In reality it's a grand experiment that mixes disciplines (management and systems engineering, economics, insurance, as well as medicine and health policy) and personalities (researchers and practitioners are paired),” says Forbes.

The article cites decades of research from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, which has identified wide variations in cost and outcomes in the U.S. health care system.

"My goodness," President Kim told Forbes, "somebody needs to stand up and say, here's a better way to do it."

Read the full story, published by Forbes on 11/16/11.