With nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare delivery and health services research, Lucy A. Savitz, PhD MBA, is now Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public Health and Senior Innovation Advisor for the UPMC Insurance Division in their Center for High Value Health Care. 

Prior to her recent move to Pittsburgh, she served as Vice President for Health Research for Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northwest Region and Director for the KP Center for Health Research in Oregon, Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science at Intermountain Healthcare, and Senior Scientist at both RTI and Abt Associates, Financial Planner for UNC Health Care, and Economist for the Colorado State Legislature.  She has led numerous implementation and evaluation studies over her career with a focus on quality, safety, and elimination of unwarranted variation (i.e., waste). 

From 2008-2017, Dr. Savitz served on the Board of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a network of delivery systems across the U.S. advancing the way we pay for and deliver health care.  Further, she has been acknowledged as an Examiner for the 2001 and 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, administered by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Dr. Savitz been lead faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on 5 learning collaboratives.  At Academy Health, she is past Chair of the Methods & Data Council and its Committee for Advocacy in Public Policy; was a founding partner in creating the Delivery System Science Fellowship Program; and is an elected Board member actively engaged in leading the Learning Health System (LHS) Interest Group. 

Her current area of thought leadership internationally focuses on evolving the methods and metrics needed to support accelerated implementation of quality/safety interventions and realistic program evaluations that support the LHS.  She is committed to population health and leveraging health system resources to promote well-being through community engagement, health promotion, access, and healthy lifestyles. 

Authored by Lucy A. Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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