New report proposes research agenda to transform health care based on principles of industrial system engineering
Research Activities, December 2010, No. 364
A new report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 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 intersection of ISyE and health care, with a special emphasis on the supportive role of health information technology (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 care system and a detailed research and action agenda. You can access the report at http://healthit.ahrq.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_3882_948220_0_0_18/IndustrialAndSystemsEngineeringAndHealthCare.