The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering: designing, implementing and sustaining interdisciplinary solutions to transform healthcare delivery systems
Int. J. Healthcare Technology and Management, Vol.8, Nos 3-4, 2007
With start-up funding provided by the Regenstrief Foundation,Purdue University has created the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) to design, implement and sustain interdisciplinary solutions to improve the safety, quality, efficiency and accessibility of healthcare delivery systems. RCHE’s primary goal is to bring a systems-analysis approach to improving the processes of healthcare delivery, not to provide tools or techniques for medical research, diagnosis, or treatment. This article will describe RCHE’s business model; that is, how RCHE ‘engineers’ interdisciplinary solutions, using the multiple perspectives of healthcare and multiple project time scales to organize and leverage healthcare delivery transformation. We then illustrate the model through the description of projects conducted with RCHE’s ‘partnerships’ with various healthcare delivery organizations. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for RCHE.
healthcare delivery, interdisciplinary, metrics, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE), systems analysis, transformational
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