Healthcare Systems Engineering

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HSyE Institute and Duke Medical Center Receive $2.5 million AHRQ Grant to Develop Better Methods to Detect Hospital Infection Outbreaks Across U.S.

January 25, 2015 Researchers at the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) and Duke Medical Center are partnering on a $2.5 million grant from the Agency of Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) to develop and test new statistical surveillance methods for detecting infection outbreaks in hospitals across the southeast United States... View article

HSyE receives 5th center with Harvard School of Public Health and Boston health systems to create $4m AHRQ Patient Safety Learning Laboratory

December 10, 2015 "Northeastern University's Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has received its 5th federally-awarded research center in the past 5 years"... View article

HSyE Student Kyle Cunningham Wins INFORMS Operations Research Paper Competition

November 19, 2015 "Kyle Cunningham, currently pursuing an MS in operations research at Northeastern University, won a paper compeition for his work on "Alleviating competitive imbalances in NFL schedules: an integer-programming approach"... View article

HSyE featured in the November Cover Story of PRISM magazine

November 16, 2015 "Industrial systems engineering steps into healthcare to improve quality, cut costs, and save lives..." View article

HSyE expands initiative to improve Veterans healthcare with additional $2 million for PTSD, patient safety, and infrastructure research

November 11, 2015 "Continuing its ongoing partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Northeastern University's Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) has received 3 new awards totaling roughly $2 million to improve access, safety, and treament of U.S. veterans.." View article

HSyE graduates 2015 summer interns from 21 states from its 7th annual healthcare systems engineering internship program

September 21, 2015 The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University graduated its seventh class of students in late August from its healthcare systems engineering internship program, a STEM area of critical national need... View article

HSyE receives 3 awards totaling $1.7 million to assist VA implement Toyota Production System “lean” systems engineering methods

May 28, 2015 The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) at Northeastern University has received 3 awards totaling $1.7 million to help the Veterans Health Administration implement “lean” Toyota Production System methods across the national VA healthcare system... View article

HSyE Student Featured in Northeastern's Meet the Graduates Newsletter

May 8, 2015 "I've always had a passion to work in healthcare or something related to medicine, and industrial engineering is broad enough that you can apply it to literally anything you want. My passion to work in healthcare was only enhanced through my co-op experiences, where I saw many facets of the industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare systems..." View article

HSyE Performs Vital Role in NeoQIC Human Milk Collaborative

May 2015 The Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC) is aiming to increase breast milk consumption in VLBW babies. A consortium of eleven level 3 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), NeoQIC provides infrastructure to lead and manage state-wide quality improvement initiatives..." View article

Northeastern Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute collaborates on $300,000 award to accelerate translation of healthcare research into practice

April 30, 2015 The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) at Northeastern University and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Tufts Medical Center have received a 3-year $300,000 award from the William T. Grant Foundation to identify and evaluate strategies for more effectively translating research results into practice and policy... View article

HSyE co-op and alumni receive awards for outstanding achievements locally and globally

April 23, 2015 Ashley Tokarz, Annmarie Uliano, and Ryan Ulrich receive awards... View article

An ISE Student's Internship Experience

March 2015 Rebecca Mantecon, graduate student in industrial and systems engineering with a specialization in healthcare at San Jose State University reflects on her 2014 summer internship experience at the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute... View article

Brigham and Women’s Patient Safety Learning Laboratory: An Exciting New Collaboration

March 2015 The BWH Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL), led by Principal Investigator David W. Bates, MD, MSc, is an exciting new collaboration between the Center and Northeastern University’s Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE), headed by Co-Principal Investigator James C. Benneyan, PhD... View article

HSyE graduate student Kyle Cunningham a finalist in MIT Sloan sports analytics paper contest

March 3, 2015 Kyle Cunningham, a graduate student at Northeastern University's Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, co-authored the research paper, "Alleviating Competitive Imbalances in NFL Schedules: An Integer-Programming Approach." The result was a model even better than the NFL's for determining a competitive balance. The paper was one of eight finalists for the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference's research paper of the year...View article

Three HSyE Summer Intern Alums Awarded at 2015 SHS Conference

March 3, 2015 The 2015 SHS conference, held February 18-20 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, recognized three alums of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute's (HSyE) 2014 Summer Internship Program for their accomplishments in the field of healthcare systems engineering... View article


Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute awarded 5-year $125 million contract from Veterans Health Administration to develop systems engineering solutions

November 26, 2014 The Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University has been awarded a 5-year $125 million multiple task order contract from the Veterans Health Administration to develop systems engineering solutions and provide workforce development across the national VA healthcare system. Professor James Benneyan, PhD, HSyE executive director, will lead the award as principal investigator and senior scientist... View article

Boston hosts National Science Foundation inter-disciplinary Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) fall research meeting

October 20, 2014 The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) held its annual fall meeting last week on October 16-17 at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham MA. The two-day meeting brought together over 4 dozen academic researchers, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and healthcare organizations to review the status of ongoing research, identify new areas for joint collaboration, and mentor graduate students in this emerging research area... View article

HSyE director James Benneyan appointed to Institute of Medicine committee to address improving access to U.S. healthcare systems

October 17, 2014 Dr. James Benneyan, executive director and senior scientist of Northeastern University's Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, has been appointed to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee to address systemic excessive access and scheduling delays across the VA and U.S. healthcare systems. The new IOM committee, Optimizing Scheduling in Health Care, will outline best practices, relevant measurement approaches, and systems engineering recommendations to improve healthcare access and appointment scheduling in U.S. public and private healthcare systems...View article

Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northeastern University receive $4 million Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety center

September 29, 2014 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded a collaboration between the Center for Patient Safety, Research, and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) at Northeastern University to establish a patient safety center focused on integrating healthcare safety, information technology, systems engineering, and human factors expertise. One of five awards nationwide, the Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL) grant is funded at roughly $1 million annually for four years...View article

Northeastern, UMass Boston, and Tufts Medical Center receive $3.9 million NIH R01 grant to improve earlier detection and treatment of child autism

September 15, 2014 The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded an R01 grant to a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts, Tufts Medical Center, and Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University to improve the timeliness and equity of early identification and access to effective treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). One in 68 American children have ASD and while early intervention is critical, timely detection and access to care remain problems, particularly for underserved populations...View article

HSyE 2014 Summer Internship Program Graduates 26 Students

September 1, 2014 For its 2014 Summer Internship Program, Northeastern University's Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute (HSyE) accepted 26 students from a pool of 250 applicants, with backgrounds ranging from industrial and bioengineering to pre-med, public health, and health policy. Students from top universities across the U.S. and abroad participated in the twelve-week experiential cohort program, working with health systems in Boston, Seattle, and beyond... View article

HSyE Research Associate Salah Haridy receives 2014 American Society for Quality's Richard A. Freund International Scholarship

August 20, 2014 ASQ has awarded its Richard A. Freund International Scholarship to Salah Haridy, a research associate at Northeastern University in Boston, and doctoral student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Haridy, of Egypt, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, which is named after a past ASQ president, and supports a quality professional's graduate studies. ASQ is the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries...View article

New model guides use of video-based psychotherapy to Veterans in remote areas

March 1, 2014 The study group was comprised of Veterans with PTSD in six New England states. Using data on projected care needs for Veterans across New England, the researchers developed a service location systems engineering model to help determine where to best locate and use in-person and video-based care. Such models, say the study team, are used by other industries, including health care, to determine location of facilities relative to current and projected geographic location of patients...View article

Gordon Fellow Rachel Miller and HSyE Student Serpil Mutlu Win 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers Graduate Student Healthcare Paper Competition

February 1, 2014 Gordon Fellow Rachel Miller along with HSyE PhD student Serpil Mutlu have won the 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers graduate student healthcare paper competition, sponsored by II's Society for Health Systems, for their paper "Optimizing Resident Based Teamlet Schedules to Improve Continuity in Primary Care". Professor Susan Freeman (NU) and Dr. Greg Sawin (Cambridge Health Alliance) are co-authors...View article


Student Spotlight - Rachel Miller, MS Candidate

November 14, 2013 My master's work is focused on scheduling optimization using mathematical programming to improve continuity of care in primary care. View article

Northeastern Students Tackle Healthcare

November 4, 2013 Improving the nation's healthcare system requires significant collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and sectors, according to James Benneyan, a mechanical and industrial engineering professor at Northeastern University. View article

Improving Patient Flow - In and Out of Hospitals and Beyond

October, 2013 Malden received help from the Healthcare Systems Engineering Extension Center, led by James Benneyan, Ph.D., an industrial engineer at Northeastern University who received a Health Care Innovation Award grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to bring technical expertise in systems engineering and operations management to health care. View article

Mother's Cancer Launched Career

October, 2013 When the recent Northeastern University industrial engineering graduate found out that he could apply the skill of efficiently routing delivery trucks around the country to the healthcare industry, he knew he had found his calling... View article

Donaghue Foundation Grant

October 11, 2013 HSyE and Commonwealth Care Alliance receive Donaghue Foundation grant to develop and test a shared savings model. The purpose is to refine and test a financial incentive system we are developing under our CMS center using economic game theory - so that nursing facilities provide higher quality care to more acute patients thereby reducing total care cost across healthcare organizations - supplemental funding so CCA can help test our results in practice and for broader scalability elsewhere.

James Benneyan Briefs Institute of Medicine

September 20, 2013 Benneyan gave a briefing on his $8 million National Demonstration Project, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and he proposed expanding healthcare systems engineering (HSyE) centers into national systems. View article

All Models are Wrong, Some are Useful

September 16, 2013 Medical professionals traveled from five states (Mass., Conn., R.I., N.Y., Maine) to a healthcare simulation workshop at Northeastern to learn how to build models of healthcare systems that actually are representative and useful to help them improve critical problems. View article

Summer Internship Program 2013 a Success

September 1, 2013 This past summer, interns from across the U.S. once again converged in Boston to work on applied research problems in dozens of healthcare systems affiliated with HSyE's centers. View article

Proven Systems Engineering Methods can Cure Complex Healthcare Challenges

August 19, 2013 Benneyan addressed a room full of senior healthcare improvement leaders at a recent Northeastern workshop, illustrating how his three centers have used these tools and approaches to address high-leverage problems also facing Boston healthcare organizations. This approach scaled nationally, he estimated, might cut the annual nearly $3 trillion healthcare budget by one-third. View article

Northeastern Hosts Meeting of Healthcare Fellows

June 14, 2013 Benneyan noted that part of the solution to fixing the floundering healthcare system lies in the collaboration of healthcare improvement experts. "That's why we're here," he said, "to share, learn, and cross-polinate." View article

Family's Health Scare Helps Student Find Calling

May 2, 2013 Through his three co-op assignments and independent research projects with Benneyan, Sanderson tailored his skillset to the underappreciated field of healthcare systems engineering. Instead of delivery truck routes, he's considering patient flow through hospitals. View article

What do Hospitals do for their Communities?

April 18, 2013 Young and his colleagues in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and Bouve College of Health Sciences carried out a first-of-its-kind study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine that compares the community service practices of hospitals across the nation. View article


Society of Health Systems 2013 Conference

November 26, 2012 James Benneyan & Vinod Sahney are 2 of the 10 people that will be honored at the 2013 Society of Health Systems conference for their significant contributions to the society and healthcare IE profession. View article

A Fix for Overcrowded Emergency Rooms

September 19, 2012 This idea of foresight is certainly something that guides production flow in large-scale manufacturing settings, according to Northeastern industrial engineering professor James Benneyan. In a recent article in Academic Emergency Medicine, Benneyan and his colleagues apply the idea to the emergency department setting, as a way to improve patient flow and minimize crowding. View article

Engineering Solutions in Healthcare Delivery

May 21, 2012 Solving one of America's most challenging problems-a healthcare system that consumes one-sixth of the economy-will require a multifaceted solution, experts said at a recent conference here. View article

Using G-Whiz Charts to Track Elusive Affirmations from Almost Adolescents

March 1, 2012 A g-chart might be the perfect way to evaluate the frequency of such positive affirmations, such glad comments, such exuberant utterances. Only for this purpose, I call it a "G-Whiz" chart. View article

At the Edge of a Cliff, Health Care Must Evolve Quickly

February 8, 2012 To reverse America's unsustainable healthcare costs, Congress must adopt more refined, nimble strategies and get tough in the face of those pushing to keep the status quo, according to Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a leader in the fight to improve medical care and wellness in the United States. View article


Applying Engineering to Healthcare: A Northeastern University Professor's Innovative Approach to Improving the Healthcare Industry

October 18, 2011 Some of the toughest problems facing the healthcare industry today cannot be tackled on the front lines of patient care. Nurses and physicians cannot solve such problems at the bedsides of patients. Instead, as a Northeastern University professor contends, systems engineers can solve these complex healthcare problems using computers.

Engineering New Health-Care Solutions

October 12, 2011 At Tuesday's meeting, held in Raytheon Amphitheater, James Benneyan, the director of Northeastern's Center of Health Organization Transformation, spoke about the need for a systems engineering approach to solving complex health-care problems... View article

Taking Health Care Solutions to New Heights

September 28, 2011 Northeastern's health-care systems engineering program aims to improve efficiency, safety and access to health care in much the same way airlines, banks and other businesses optimize their operations. As Sahney puts it, "I always say, 'If you see a good idea, be the first one to take it and apply it.'" View article

National Academy member Vin Sahney joins CHOT

September 12, 2011 IHI co-founder Vin Sahney partners with Dr Benneyan to help increase our overall healthcare systems engineering program. View article

The Man Who Declared War on Waste

August 26, 2011 In the battle to reduce a national health care bill in excess of $2.5 trillion, eradicating waste and inefficiency may be "the low hanging fruit" of cost savings - in this case, as Belson and his students have identified: "moving patients through a hospital more quickly and efficiently." View article

Systems Engineering Reemerges as a Hospital Design Tool

August 1, 2011 "Our objective basically is to help our partners improve by developing analytic tools - in this case, tools to help people who are designing or redesigning facilities understand before they build what the workflow will be like," Benneyan explains. View article

Reduce Process Variation to Drive Improvements in Quality

August 1, 2011 Having difficulty in reducing health care-associated infections? Suffering excessive downtime in operating rooms? These and other quality issues often can be traced to one key factor - process variation. James Benneyan, professor of operations research at Northeastern University and co-director of the National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation, is leading research efforts to help health care organizations narrow the process-variation gap. View article

HIMSS Conference

Feburary 20-24, 2011 Benneyan was tapped to give a substitute plenary at the 2011 HIMSS IT conference of 31,000 attendees. View article

SHS Conference

Feburary 17-19, 2011 Benneyan moderated a panel at the national SHS conference on the role of IE to transform healthcare and how to effectively manage hospital IE departments. He also presented research on hospital readmission rates. CHOT sponsored the SHS student paper competition at a lunch banquet. HSyE's poster on our overall healthcare IE program drew strong interest. Read More


INFORMS Research Finalist for TBI Care Optimization

November 10, 2010 VERC center Ph.D. candidate Hande Musdal was a finalist for the best INFORMS research poster: "Systems Engineering Models for the Silent Injuries of Modern Military Conflicts".

Study Examines How Much Better Hospitals and Doctors Would Work If They Ran Like Airlines

September 21, 2010 The National Science Foundation/U.S. News & World Report ask the question: "Airlines protect themselves from passenger 'no-shows' by overbooking. Could the same approach-overbooking patients-work in a doctor's office or hospital?" View article

Advisory Board Member Vin Sahney Discusses his Health Care Career

September 20, 2010

Reducing Health Care Costs, Improving Care

September 20, 2010 "Health care is the biggest sector of our economy and is riddled with problems," said James Benneyan, professor of industrial engineering and operations research in Northeastern's College of Engineering. "We are trying to do in health care what others have done in aviation, manufacturing other industries... View article

Systems Engineering for Better Healthcare

September 13, 2010 30 percent of all healthcare costs are due to poor quality, $9 billion in costs and 98,000 deaths are caused by medical error, and only 55 percent of patients are shown to receive the best care. The U.S. healthcare system ranks last or close to last among developed nations in every dimension-safety, access, efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and patient-centeredness... View article

GE is Using New Technologies to Make the Healthcare System Work More Efficiently

August 17, 2010 Got four hours to spare? Not many of us do. Our days are already crammed with work and personal responsibilities. We're on the go, and time is precious. Yet four hours is the time we spend for an average emergency department visit. And much of that time is spent waiting for a doctor, a room or paperwork. It's a serious problem that calls for serious thinking. View article

President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Positions

July 7, 2010 The President announced the recess appointment of the following nominees: Dr. Donald Berwick, Nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services... View article

Wonkbook: Berwick to CMS (and a comment); DOJ files against Arizona, EPA moves

July 7, 2010 As an issue, quality -- as compared to cost and access -- is quite young, and Berwick is frequently credited with securing its place in the discussion, and saving many lives in the process. View article

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally, 2010 Update

June 23, 2010 The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show the United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. View article

New Members Join CHOT

May 15, 2010 The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded funding to Northeastern University in Boston to become a partner university in the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) with the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Georgia Tech University. View article

Northeastern University Joins CHOT

May 7, 2010 "Dr. Benneyan, his colleagues, and the participating Boston health systems are valuable additions to CHOT. The Center will benefit from their expertise in health management, health engineering methods, and quality health delivery." View article

Center for Healthcare Organization Treatment Award

May 7, 2010 Northeastern University (NEU) seeks to join the existing Center for Health Organization and Transformation (CHOT) as a third site... View article

New Members Join CHOT

May 5, 2010 The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded funding to Northeastern University in Boston to become a partner university in the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)... View article

Imagine if Health Care Operated like a Well-Oiled Machine

February 18, 2010 We're putting together an expert team of engineers and hospital administrators to improve health care. Given Northeastern's strength in interdisciplinary research, it's a combination that makes perfect sense to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs... View article


Engineering Health Care: New Center at WPI to Study Medical Systems and Processes

November 11, 2009 With major ongoing projects aimed at improving the use of electronic medical records and other health information technology (HIT) tools at civilian medical centers and the U.S. Veterans Administration, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have come together to form the Center for eHealth Innovation and Process Transformation (CeHIPT). View article

Improving Healthcare for Veterans: Northeastern Leads Multiuniversity Partnership with Veterans Affairs

September 29, 2009 NEHCEP/James Benneyan featured in NU Engineer.

MIT's LAI Joins New Veterans Administration Research Center Working To Improve Healthcare Processes

September 24, 2009 Systems Engineers have introduced many methods for understanding and controlling large systems and these methods are now being adapted to organizations. Leveraging the New England VERC's relationship with MIT's Lean Advancement Initiative, VISN 1 leadership has pursued the integration of the Enterprise Strategic Analysis for Transformation (ESAT) framework... View article

Veterans Health Care to Get an Injection of IE

August 5, 2009 Northeastern University has partnered with the New England Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, establishing a systems engineering center to address concerns including access, waits and delays, safety, optimal care, efficiency, equity and effectiveness... View article

SHS Member Establishes Systems Engineering Center at Northeastern, Takes Leadership Role in VA Multi-University Partnership to Improve Health Care Processes

August 1, 2009 Under the leadership of Jim Benneyan, Northeastern University has partnered with the New England Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system to establish a new systems engineering center that hopes to dramatically improve quality and performance throughout VA hospitals. View article

Northeastern, VA Engineer Healthcare Collaboration

July 8, 2009 NEHCEP featured by

Northeastern Leads Partnership to Improve VA Health Care Processes

July 6, 2009 The partnership will design innovative industrial engineering solutions that improve VA processes, and that may ultimately extend to the U.S. private health care system. View article


IHI: Defining Quality: Aiming for a Better Health Care System

October 21, 2008 So you want to improve the quality of health care. But what, specifically, should you aim to improve? In this video, IHIs Former CEO Don Berwick describes a 2001 report by the Institute of Medicine, Crossing the Quality Chasm, that laid the foundation for health care reform all over the world. Watch video