Center for Health Organization Transformation
The Texas A&M School of Public Health is the lead site for an eight university site research center for a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and health system supported Center for Health Organizational Transformation (CHOT). The other participating sites include the Georgia Institute for Technology, University of Alabama and Birmingham, Florida Atlantic University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Washington, University of Louisville, and the University of Nottingham. A number of progressive health systems, IT companies and insurance firms nationally and internationally, are currently participating. 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, rural healthcare, 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.