Optimizing Healthcare: Professor Timothy Chan on the Centre for Healthcare Engineering

Providing healthcare to millions of people requires a hugely complex system of hospitals, clinics, ambulances, research centers, suppliers, and governments-and that system needs re-engineering.

Although mending broken bones or prescribing medication may seem like simple tasks at a hospital, providing healthcare to millions of people is anything but. It requires a hugely complex system of hospitals, clinics, ambulances, research centers, suppliers, and governments—and according to Professor Timothy Chan, that system needs re-engineering.

Mr Chan is the new director of U of T Engineering’s Centre for Healthcare Engineering (CHE) (formerly the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering). The collaborative hub brings a highly interdisciplinary, systems engineering approach to drastically improve how healthcare works.

“Healthcare systems are a lot like giant factories—they involve a large number of people and processes all working together in different stages to meet one goal,” said Mr Chan. “At the CHE, we pioneer research that optimizes many of those stages, making healthcare delivery more efficient, less costly and quicker.”

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