Altarum Institute

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Altarum Institute
Industry Health Systems Research
Founded 1946
Headquarters Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Key people
Lincoln Smith, CEO
Products Health care consulting, Health systems research
Number of employees
450 (2016)
Headquarters building from Green Road, Ann Arbor

Altarum Institute is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization serving government, nonprofit and private-sector clients.

Altarum Institute traces its history back to 1946 with the founding of the Willow Run Laboratory in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1972, the Willow Run Laboratory was renamed the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM). In 2001, much of ERIM’s staff and contracts were sold to Veridian Corp. ERIM then acquired Vector Research, Inc. (VRI),[1] which was founded by Seth Bonder in 1972. VRI was a leading provider of health care and national security models, decision support tools and analytical services for federal and state government clients. Later that year, ERIM became Altarum Institute. In 2006, to further advance and focus its expertise in health care, Altarum acquired Health Systems Research, Inc. and divested itself of its Environmental and Emerging Technologies Division (EETD) to Michigan Technological University, forming the Michigan Tech Research Institute.[citation needed]

In 2009, Altarum acquired KAI Research, Inc., adding clinical research and research-based knowledge to its portfolio.[1] In 2011, Altarum acquired Palladian Partners, a leader in the health communications field.[2]

Health systems research[edit]

Altarum Institute primarily conducts health systems research, to help clients understand and solve the underlying issues that cause health care delivery and financing systems they oversee to become inefficient, ineffective, or unsustainable.