Dr John Øvretveit is Director of Research and Professor of health care innovation implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (http://ki.se/en/people/johovr) and previously Professor of Health Policy and Management at Bergen University Medical School, Norway and at the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden. He currently holds visiting professor appointments at Macquarie University, Australia, The VA implementation science center, a distinguished visiting scholar appointment at Stanford Medical School, CERC.
John’s work is based on the belief that organisation and management can bring out the best and worst in people, and that the right organisation design is critical for effective healthcare. His current research examines implementation of management and organisation improvements, digital health technology and clinical care coordination for safety and lower costs. His research publications on leading value improvement explore the costs and savings of quality improvements.
John is a Norwegian-Brit with expertise in the fields of health service quality, health management, organisation, evaluation, inter-professional cooperation and health reforms. 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.
He is currently a reviewer for and editorial board member of eight scientific health journals, founder and chair of the Quality Improvement Research Network; a board member of the Joint Commission Resources/International, and chair of the standards committee; a board member of the Global Implementation Initiative and chair of the Global Implementation Society; and advisor since 1995 to The Netherlands Health Service Research Council, and reviewer for the USA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Translations of some of his 300 peer reviewed scientific papers and books have been made into nine languages. Six books have won publications awards, including twice winner of the European Health Management Association Award and the Baxter health publication of the year prize for “Action Evaluation” (2002) and “Health Service Quality” (1992). He was awarded the 2014 Avedis Donabedian international quality award for his work on quality economics.