Systems Engineering to Improve Traumatic Brain Injury Care in the Military Health System

  • AuthorNational Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine
  • TitleSystems Engineering to Improve Traumatic Brain Injury Care in the Military Health System
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Release DateJanuary 1, 2009
  • Copyright2009
  • ISBN978-0-309-12758-5

This book makes a strong case for taking advantage of the best of two disciplines--health care and operational systems engineering (a combination of science and mathematics to describe, analyze, plan, design, and integrate systems with complex interactions among people, processes, materials, equipment, and facilities)-to improve the efficiency and quality of health care delivery, as well as health care outcomes.

Those most interested in pursuing this approach include leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs, who are committed to finding ways of improving the quality of care for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Intrigued by the possibilities, DOD decided to sponsor a series of workshops to explore the potential of operational systems engineering principals and tools for military health care, beginning with the diagnosis and care of traumatic brain injury (TBI), one of the most prevalent, difficult and challenging injuries suffered by warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan.