Altarum exists to solve complex systems problems to improve human health. In 2015—as in every year—this bold calling is evident in our work across a wide range of health issues, affecting diverse populations and communities. This report highlights but a few of these efforts. We are proud of all our work. Altarum and its subsidiaries, Palladian Partners and KAI Research, Inc., delivered exceptional results in 2015. Here are some examples of how we supported our clients and made an impact.
Altarum Institute confronts the toughest challenges facing our health system today, backed by a 70-year history of excellence in objective research and analytics. Our talented professionals approach their work with skill, confidence, and remarkable passion. Above all, what matters most is Altarum's impact. We bring ideas and solutions that make a real difference in people's lives and communities—motivating us to be even bolder in pursuit of our mission to improve human health. View our 2014 annual report presentation to learn more.
At Altarum Institute, we believe that health is connected to the world around us. Tackling today’s health-related challenges means looking at the broader context. What are the factors that contribute to overall health and well-being? How do they piece together and relate to one another? Altarum is uniquely positioned to address these questions. Guided by our mission to improve human health, our experts bring diverse skills, new insights, and the best available evidence to support a range of clients and communities. This annual report features stories of how Altarum delivered on this mission in 2013. Our efforts help to ensure that all people have the opportunity to lead healthy, meaningful, and productive lives.
By most any measure, 2012 was a solid year for Altarum Institute. As the project highlights that follow well illustrate, we have been making it possible for individuals and communities to be healthier. We have grown critically important relationships with new clients and funders. We have continued to shape the course of the health policy debate by bringing rich evidence—a result of our research and consulting experience—to policy advocacy efforts. And we have continued to fund a robust internal research agenda that will fuel our work for years to come.
Altarum Institute, through its client-centered consulting and independent research and demonstration programs, is working effectively to solve systems-based problems that affect the health of communities and individuals. Several initiatives are highlighted in the report, ranging from helping the Department of Veterans Affairs to better understand the health care needs of our nation’s Veterans, to teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next 5 years. We also extended our efforts beyond the U.S. to countries such as Kenya, where Altarum worked to improve palliative care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. These and other achievements are detailed in the complete 2011 Altarum Annual Report.
Altarum Institute enjoyed an extremely rewarding year in 2010. In 2010, we marked the successful completion of a 5-year strategic plan that transitioned us from a portfolio of diverse activities to an institute focused exclusively on issues of health and health care. From 2005 to 2010, the Institute experienced extraordinary growth in both its financial strength and technical depth, ensuring that we can plan our future with confidence and bold vision. We also made great strides in demonstrating the unique nature of our business model - a nonprofit research and consulting organization with a thriving consulting business and a robust, internally chartered research and demonstration agenda. We take great pride in this model and believe others in the nonprofit research and philanthropic sectors are paying careful attention to our experience and success.
In 2009, there was much to make us proud. Our operational performance was beyond expectation. We continued to grow organically, hired nearly 85 outstanding new staff members, and stood up our Systems Research and Initiatives operating group. But perhaps nothing is more gratifying than looking back on the dozens of research and consulting projects that we conducted and seeing that we could, in fact, change the world—or at least change the parts of the world that we touch through research, analysis, and consulting.
For Altarum Institute, 2008 was a culminating point in which we began to see how years of internal transformation had prepared the Institute to take on heightened leadership in the health care debate that lies before the nation. Of course, we know ours will be one voice among many. Yet we are confident that, because of the steps we have taken these last few years, Altarum Institute is uniquely positioned to help shape and inform critical debate and, ultimately, implement and evaluate resultant policies and programs.
We look back on a very successful 2007 and see three overriding themes in our accomplishments: refining our mission, broadening our impact, and ensuring financial stability. We sharpened our focus on what it means to be a leading nonprofit health systems research institution; we increased our reputation as objective thought leaders and agile problem solvers in our chosen fields; and we continued to demonstrate the financial performance required to secure our long-term future and enable institutional growth.
The past year has been one of extraordinary accomplishment for Altarum Institute. In 2006, we began full implementation of a strategic growth plan that is positioning Altarum to become the nation's leading provider of objective health systems research and solutions.
In 2005, Altarum Institute began an important transformation. It was the year that the board, management, and employees alike agreed that, to become a truly great and enduring institution, we needed to tighten our focus and sharpen our mission. After months of strategic review and evaluation, we knew that the most singular contribution we could make to the public good was to concentrate our skills and our resources on an agenda of improving human health.
2004 Annual Report
As you review the Altarum 2004 Annual Report, we hope it will quickly become apparent to you that our Institution has seen another year of solid financial growth and impressive programmatic and technical accomplishments. Altarum is continuing to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of society.
Three years ago, with more than 50 years of successful history, Altarum set out on a path of re-invention. Our name comes from the Latin altus, which conveys a sense of vertical dimension -- from the depths to the heights. So for us, the opportunity was to build off our deep roots in pioneering scientific research and to accelerate technical innovation that enables technology to serve society. What a difference 3 years make! With this first Altarum Annual Report, we begin to tell the story of how the work we do has a positive impact on our customers and, through them, society.