CHI is developing novel medical technologies and services that enable early diagnosis of disease, improve the effectiveness of therapies and treatments and generate better patient outcomes at reduced costs. Tissue engineering research using patient biopsies facilitates drug development and enables the personalization of therapeutic regiments for individual patients. Research into biomaterials improves prosthetic devices, biomedical implants and infection control. Engineering of biosensors and high-tech medical devices advances diagnostics and therapeutics. To improve medical outcomes, increase operational efficiencies in healthcare delivery, and reduce overall costs, the CHI is developing mobile apps to monitor consumer health, conducting healthcare economics research and advancing systems tools to analyze, visualize and model complex healthcare data.

A summary of major healthcare-related research themes currently active within each school appear below:

Schaefer School of Engineering and Science

  • Tissue engineering applied to personalized medicine, drug development and therapy assessment
  • Biomaterials for prosthetics, implanted biomedical devices, tissue engineering and infection control
  • Computational analysis, modeling and transmission of complex biological and medical data¬†
  • Drug discovery, delivery and computational chemistry
  • Biomedical engineering of biosensors and medical devices
  • Biomechanics, physiology and cell biology
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing engineering

School of Systems and Enterprises

  • Healthcare analytics and predictive modeling to improve operational efficiencies in hospitals, corporations and government agencies
  • Analysis/optimization of complex systems, mathematical models for sensor networks, computational modeling of resilience and evolutionary optimization algorithms
  • Modeling governance in extended enterprise and adaptive networks systems

School of Business

  • Process innovation in drug, diagnostic and medical device companies
  • Outcomes of introducing innovation and healthcare information technology in hospitals and clinics
  • Human capital and training an evolving healthcare workforce
  • Business intelligence/analytics, social network-based creation of trends and defining standards

College of Arts and Letters

  • Music and sound as adjuvant therapeutics
  • Medical applications of 3D camera imaging
  • Policy and ethics related to the use of medical information