Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research: Background Report – September 2009

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Valdez RS, Brennan PF. Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research: Background Report. (Prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI under Contract No. 290-09-00027U). AHRQ Publication Number 09-0094-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. September 2009.

A new report funded by AHRQ and the National Science Foundation found multiple opportunities to use industrial and systems engineering (ISyE) to help realize the goals of a new patient-centered health care system.  Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research explores the critical areas of research at the ISyE and health care, with a special emphasis on the supportive role of health IT.  Investing in ISyE research may help in creating a fundamentally better health care delivery system.   Achieving such breakthrough change requires new ISyE methods specific to health care, and integrating knowledge production across countless demonstration projects and small research efforts.   Innovation in health IT has the potential to support ISyE approaches to health systems design and evaluation.  The full report provides a vision of the new health system and a detailed research and action agenda.

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