Penn State health care research effort to become NSF center

University Park, Pa. — A $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award will create a Penn State research center focusing on health systems.

The new Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) will be housed in Penn State's Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems and will be an NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC).

Founded with industry partners Siemens Medical Solutions, Lockheed Martin and Verizon, the CHOT research agenda will address quality, management, and clinical information technology in health care.

Harriet Black Nembhard, associate professor of industrial engineering, will serve as the CHOT's principal investigator and site director.

The I/UCRC award structure provides $1 million over five years, allowing for research to begin immediately. Some of the CHOT's initial research will focus on optimizing patient flow to support health care information technology, health care data visualization for chronic care management and financial incentives for increasing health care quality.

The CHOT includes faculty from across the University, including Diane Brannon, professor of health policy and administration; Christopher DeFlitch, staff physician and chief medical informatics officer in emergency medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Deborah Medeiros, associate professor of industrial engineering; Madhu Reddy, associate professor of information sciences and technology; and Janetta DeOnna, education program associate with Penn State Outreach.

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Last Updated May 20, 2011