Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Transforming Healthcare

The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) a new concept funded by the National Science Foundation will focus on making multiple changes in health organizations. Funding was awarded to initiate the CHOT concept at Georgia Tech’s Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and at Texas A&M, Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health.

The idea is for the two schools to work together and focus on the changes needed to implement information technology, achieve quality and safety management, deal with chronic disease management, address clinical change initiatives, and develop other evidence-based management approaches.

“Healthcare organizations need continual innovation in management and clinical practices to address critical issues related to care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, and equitable in addition to offering the latest clinical technologies to remain competitive”, said Dr. Rathindra DasGupta, NSF Program Director for CHOT.

Larry Gamm, PhD, Professor and Head of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health will serve as the CHOT director and will be joined by CHOT co-director, Eva K. Lee, PhD., Associate Professor and Director for the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare at the Georgia Tech.
The Center’s budget will be funded by NSF and the Center will work together on approaches to solving healthcare issues with a number of technology companies and progressive health-focused organizations. These organizations will include health systems with multiple hospitals and outpatient clinics in Georgia, Texas, and several other states. The health system leaders and their staff will collaborate with the universities in guiding and conducting the center’s research.

A listing of the health systems participating in CHOT will be online beginning September 4, 2008, at