John Øvretveit – Director of research at the Karolinska Institutet Academic Medical Center LIME/MMC unit
That implementation and resources are the keys to improvement is what John says he has learned from his 35-years as a healthcare clinician, improver and researcher. He is director of research at the Karolinska Institutet Academic Medical Center LIME/MMC unit in Sweden, and Professor of Health Implementation Improvement and Evaluation. John’s work is based on the belief that organisation and management can bring out the best as well as the worst in people, and that the right implementation and organisation design is critical for effective healthcare. Much of his work uses different social sciences to explain and predict events and processes in health care and clinical practice. He was awarded the 2014 Avedis Donabedian International Quality Award for his work on quality economics.
John is a Norwegian-Brit with expertise in the fields of health service quality, health management, organisation, evaluation, inter-professional cooperation and health reforms. Formally professor of health management and policy at the Nordic School of Public Health and Bergen University Medical Scholl, he has undertaken health evaluation and development projects in a number of African countries, Yemen, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Baltic countries and the USA.