Four years ago, the NEJM Group launched NEJM Catalyst as a forum for emerging ideas and practical innovations in health care delivery, creating robust dialogue among health care leaders, clinicians, researchers, and other experts. NEJM Catalyst is now entering a new phase with the creation of a peer-reviewed digital journal, NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery (https://catalyst.nejm.org/toc/catalyst/current. opens in new tab).
From the outset, NEJM Catalyst has spread best practices to improve both the effectiveness and the efficiency of patient care as viewed through the lenses of care redesign, patient engagement, organizational leadership, and the new marketplace of health care. Our experience to date demonstrates the broad interest in this discourse; NEJM Catalyst has attracted a wide following, using a mix of online articles, case studies, and interviews; live webcast meetings; and research reports.
Just as the New England Journal of Medicine seeks to advance medical science, NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery seeks to advance health care delivery. The new journal aims to be a trusted and indispensable source of information on innovations that improve the value of care and ultimately transform care delivery.
Beginning with its January–February inaugural issue, NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery will appear six times each year, with peer-reviewed articles from health care leaders, practitioners, and researchers in several major formats. Among these will be “In Depth” articles that are longer than those in most print journals. Many health care delivery problems are complex and require depth and breadth to explore their root causes, and authors have the opportunity to address them in these long-form articles. It is often instructive for organizations to learn from the experience of others, so NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery will also present case reports that emphasize how an initiative can be generalized and how barriers to implementation can be overcome. Clinical and business leaders can showcase their knowledge and insights in expert articles in the new journal. Audio interviews will bring forward the voices of leaders in health care.
From the beginning, NEJM Catalyst has had international appeal, and NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery will expand this global emphasis. One insight that has become clear with experience is that although countries may have cultural differences, the needs of patients are similar everywhere. And clinicians everywhere are looking for ways to meet those needs with reliability, safety, and efficiency.
Thomas H. Lee, M.D., will serve as Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery and cochair of the Editorial Board. Michael E. Porter, Ph.D., the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, will also cochair the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board, composed of experts from health care delivery organizations, business schools, insurers, and other constituents of the health care ecosystem, will support the editors.
Live Web meetings, broadcast from leading health systems and universities, will continue to be an important aspect of the NEJM Catalyst mission. These events and webcasts will remain free for all viewers. The NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, which has grown and matured into a valuable sounding board on important topics in care delivery for clinicians, clinical leaders, and health care executives, will be prominent in NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery. Insights Council membership will be expanded to incorporate international viewpoints.
Although the bulk of journal content will be available only to subscribers, select articles and interviews will be open to all.
Like much in health care delivery today, NEJM Catalyst represents a new type of work, aimed at problems that are new to our times. We look forward to your input, and we hope that NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery will play a valuable role in accelerating the movement toward higher-value health care systems.