Michael C. Long, MD is Senior Fellow and Clinical Consultant with the Institute for Healthcare Optimization. From 1974 to 2001 Dr. Long was on staff in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He served the MGH in a number of key clinical and administrative positions within the Anesthesiology department and Operating Room administration. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Chairman of Operations Improvement for the Operating Services and from 1997 to 2001 as Deputy Director of Operating Services for Operations Improvement and Information Systems. Since 1995, Dr. Long has collaborated with Dr. Eugene Litvak in the development and practical application of an innovative approach to patient flow variability management for cost reduction and quality improvement in health care delivery systems. In 2001, Dr Long and Dr Litvak founded the Program for the Management of Variability in Health Care Delivery at the Boston University Health Policy Institute. In 2009 Dr Long joined Dr. Litvak and colleagues to form the Institute for Healthcare Optimization.

Recent Posts by Michael Long

Just Another Hospital Weekend, Or Life And Death?

Suppose you need to drive from Boston to San Francisco, about 3200 miles, over the next 7 days.  At an average speed limit of 55 mph you could accomplish this by driving about 10 hours a day, including stops for rest and food breaks; a grueling but not impossible journey. Now suppose that gas...