A Systems Engineering Approach to Better, Less Expensive Health Care

Adeline Peaterson (Editor)

Series: Health Care in Transition



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book identifies a comprehensive set of actions for enhancing health care across the Nation through greater use of systems-engineering principles. Systems engineering, widely used in manufacturing and aviation, is an interdisciplinary approach to analyze, design, manage, and measure a complex system in order to improve its efficiency, reliability, productivity, quality, and safety.

It has often produced dramatically positive results in the small number of health-care organizations that have incorporated it into their processes. The book proposes a strategy that involves reforming payment systems; building the Nation’s health-data infrastructure; providing technical assistance to providers; increasing community collaboration; sharing best practices; and training health professionals in systems engineering approaches. (Imprint: Novinka)


Chapter 1 - Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering (pp. 1-64)
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Chapter 2 - Research Agenda for Healthcare Systems Engineering (pp. 65-100)
Ronald L. Rardin


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