Project Details - Ended
- Contract Number:12-689F-12
- Funding Mechanism:
- AHRQ Funded Amount:$1,000,000
- Project Dates:7/1/2012 to 6/30/2016
- Care Setting:
- Health Care Theme:
Over the past several decades, there has been increasing interest in applying industrial and systems engineering tools and techniques to the health care delivery system. Several organizations, including the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, have made specific recommendations to increase the use of these tools in health care delivery. However, despite these calls, industrial and systems engineering has not reached its full potential in the context of health services research and practice.
In September 2009, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) convened a workshop bringing together health services researchers and industrial and systems engineers together. These experts were asked to explore critical intersecting areas of research, keeping in mind the supportive role of health information technology (IT).
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Articulate a vision for an ideal health care delivery system.
- Determine why current efforts to apply industrial and systems engineering knowledge to health care have not resulted in meaningful change.
- Propose a research and action agenda that will enable industrial and systems engineering to substantially contribute to the realization of an ideal health care delivery system.
The two agencies subsequently developed a joint grant solicitation to address the research challenges and agenda set forth in the workshop, foster collaborations between health services researchers and industrial and systems engineers, and fund research projects that address systems modeling in health services research, with a specific emphasis on the supportive role of health IT.
As of September 2012, three projects were funded through this interagency agreement:
- Researchers from Wayne State University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor to develop a scientific foundation for new business rules and operation sciences useful for the patient-centered medical home model.
- Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to develop and evaluate health IT interfaces that can be used to guide health care providers in real-time as they complete blood transfusions, a process that is complex and often prone to errors.
- Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation to develop an analytical framework for modeling the rapid response process in acute care delivery and using this framework to improve the efficacy of rapid response operations and patient safety.