Transforming Healthcare: Leveraging the Complementarities of Health Informatics and Systems Engineering
Kalyan Sunder Pasupathy
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Kalyan Sunder Pasupathy: University of Missouri, USA
International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI), 2010, vol. 2, issue 2, 35-55
The healthcare system is facing several major quality challenges. In 2005, the Institute of Medicine published a report on how systems engineering and improvements in information technology can help address and solve some of these challenges. Systems engineering (SE) and health informatics (HI) have been undergoing advancements over the years. Health systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field that has grown to encompass the design, analysis, and management of complex health systems to improve quality and performance. HI is another interdisciplinary field around collection, storage, retrieval and analysis of data, reporting and enabling use of information, and (re)design and maintenance of systems to do all of these. SE and HI are complementary in their approach to identification of problems and solution procedure for (re)design and improvement. This combination has major implications for care delivery, research, and education to address the challenges.
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