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Applying Engineering to Healthcare: A Northeastern University Professor's Innovative Approach to Improving the Healthcare Industry

October 18th, 2011


Some of the toughest problems facing the healthcare industry today cannot be tackled on the front lines of patient care. Nurses and physicians cannot solve such problems at the bedsides of patients. Instead, as a Northeastern University professor contends, systems engineers can solve these complex healthcare problems using computers.

Engineering New Health-Care Solutions
October 12th, 2011


At Tuesday's meeting, held in Raytheon Amphitheater, James Benneyan, the director of Northeastern's Center of Health Organization Transformation, spoke about the need for a systems engineering approach to solving complex health-care problems.

Taking Health Care Solutions to New Heights

September 28th, 2011

Northeastern's healthcare systems engineering program aims to improve efficiency, safety, and access to health care in much the same way airlines, banks, and other businesses optimize their operations. As Vin Sahney, Institute for Healthcare Improvement co-founder puts it, "I always say, 'If you see a good idea, be the first one to take it and apply it.'"

The Man Who Declared War on Waste

August 26th, 2011

In the battle to reduce a national health care bill in excess of $2.5 trillion, eradicating waste and inefficiency may be "the low hanging fruit" of cost savings - in this case, as Belson and his students have identified: "moving patients through a hospital more quickly and efficiently."

Systems Engineering Reemerges as a Hospital Design Tool

August 1st, 2011

"Our objective basically is to help our partners improve by developing analytical tools - in this case, tools to help people who are designing or redesigning facilities understand before they build what the workflow will be like," Benneyan explains.

Society for Health Systems Conference

February 17-19th, 2011

Benneyan moderated a panel at the national SHS conference on the role of industrial engineering to transform healthcare and how to effectively manage hospital industrial engineering departments. He also presented research on hospital readmission rates. CHOT sponsored the SHS student paper competition. HSyE's poster on our overall healthcare industrial engineering program drew strong interest.