Few would dispute that the rapidly escalating cost of health care is one of the most pressing issues facing our nation today. Even a cursory review of the media reveals intense public concern over a healthcare system that can use the most advanced technology to miraculous therapeutic effect, but whose emergent behavior is far from ideal. Rapidly rising healthcare costs threaten the competitiveness of U. S. manufacturing and service companies in the global econmy, creating intense pressure to move offshore. Indeed one can make the case that the best way to help competitiveness prospects for U. S. industries as a whole is to improve healthcare delivery.
healthcare engineering, health services research, healthcare, healthcare cost, healthcare delivery
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