Connecting Fragmented Healthcare System Elements
Most of the current healthcare system in the U.S. suffers from fragmentation on many levels: disconnected providers, clinics, hospitals, employers, reimbursement and insurance systems, healthcare organizations, geographical locations, and others. We have a mix of private, non-profit and government systems. The fragmentation introduces significant health risks, medical errors, as well as huge inefficiencies, costs and bureaucracy. The vast hyper-system presents complexity and challenges which are beyond the normal skill levels of medical professionals and healthcare administrators. Systems engineering is the body of knowledge used routinely for addressing such complex systems, providing effective solutions and addressing all relevant interfaces, emerging properties and preventing unintended consequences. The LMU courses on healthcare systems engineering educate students in all aspects of systems engineering.