Aerial view of the Gerstacker Grove and Lurie Tower on north campus.

Health and Human Safety

Health and human safety involve many important decisions that affect people’s lives, including the management of expensive resources in health systems, complex clinical treatment decisions, and the design of safe environments for people to live and work. Harnessing data from electronic health records and new technologies such as wearable sensors make it possible to improve decision making on many levels.

This area includes:

Healthcare Delivery: Optimizing operational processes for health systems to reduce costs for providers and improve patient access to high-quality care­­.

Human Performance and Safety: Designing safer and more efficient workplaces to increase the safety, productivity, and satisfaction of workers.

Medical Decision Making: Modeling clinical and physiological processes for shared decision making by healthcare providers and patients to improve patient care, safety, and treatment­­ outcomes.