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PCAST Systems Engineering in Health Care Working Group

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2015 Public Policy Colloquium


Washington, D.C.

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February 10, 2015

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February 10, 2015

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February 11, 2015

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Christine Cassel National Quality Forum

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Systems engineering in health care: What is it and why is it important? • Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to analyze, design, manage, and measure a complex system with efforts to improve its efficiency, productivity, quality, safety, and other factors. • Systems engineering provides a suite of tools for improvement, which have been successfully used in manufacturing, aviation, and other industries. • These tools have been used to good effect in health care, but too rarely and not spread widely.

Cassel, C. (2015, February), PCAST Systems Engineering in Health Care Working Group Paper presented at 2015 Public Policy Colloquium, Washington, D.C.. 10.18260/1-2--25250

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