Director: Bita A. Kash, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Organizational Location: HSC
Board of Regents Approval: May 22, 2009
The Texas A&M School of Public Health and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology are university sites for a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and health system supported Center for Health Organizational Transformation (CHOT). A number of progressive health systems from Texas and the Southeast are currently participating. Other health systems may soon join.
Texas A&M HSC's expertise in health care management and IT combined with industrial engineering and IT expertise at Texas A&M's and Georgia Tech's Colleges of Engineering are at the core of research work with the health systems. The CHOT addresses implementation of information technology, Six Sigma, Toyota's LEAN, Studer's Hardwiring Excellence, cultural change, quality and safety, chronic disease management, and possibly other evidence-based management and/or major clinical change initiatives. The universities' research faculty and graduate students team with health system professionals to pursue research projects selected each year by the CHOT health system members who serve as the health transformation leaders on the CHOT advisory board.