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Focusing on pandemic influenza, this chapter approaches the planning for and response to such a major worldwide health event as a complex engineering systems problem. Action-oriented analysis of pandemics requires a broad inclusion of academic disciplines since no one domain can cover a...
Information technology in health care (HIT) is getting a major boost in the United States through the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The portion of the Act that relates to health information technology (HITECH) seeks to achieve widespread implementation of...
Academic Health Centers (AHCs) are comprised of academic, hospital, and clinical practice components that play a key role in healthcare delivery by their special ability to identify and implement improvements in outcomes, safety, cost-benefit, and satisfaction. They do this by utilizing a wide...
Before meaningful gains in improving the value of health care in the US can be achieved, the fragmented nature in which health care is financed and delivered must be addressed. One type of healthcare organization, the Integrated Delivery System (IDS), is poised to play a pivotal role in reform...
This chapter provides an overview of health care costs in the United States, including trends, sources and uses of funds, employers' role, and factors driving costs. It also reviews what analysts believe are cost drivers especially compared to other countries that have significantly lower health...
A radical change in technical approach is needed to achieve electronic health records suitable to support an engineered system of healthcare. This chapter suggests a redefinition of interoperable health information. It provides examples of how to break the electronic health record challenge into...
Health care spending and more importantly, health care spending growth rates, are unsustainable. Past strategies of price controls, reliance on administered pricing for Medicare and the dominance of a la carte fee for service reimbursement have been part of the problem and do not represent...
Kim, aged 3 years, lies asleep, waiting for a miracle. Outside herroom, the nurses on the night shift pad softly through the half-lightedcorridors, stopping to count breaths, take pulses, or check the intravenouspumps. In the morning, Kim will have her heart fixed. She will be medicatedand...
Engineering has and will continue to have a critical impact on healthcare; the application of technology-based techniques to biological problems can be defined to be technobiology applications. This paper is primarily focused on applying the technobiology approach of systems engineering to the...
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