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Incentive contract design for food retailers to reduce food deserts in the US

In the US, obesity affects over 37% of the adult and over 16% of the child and adolescent population. Although not-for-profit agencies cannot directly control what a person eats, they can influence the supply side of the obesity epidemic by incentivizing food retailers to open stores in regions of the US where healthy food options do not exist. CHOT researchers present an incentive contract design for food retailers to reduce food deserts in the US.

Reducing Rate of Hospital Acquired Infections through Active Barrier Apparel

Healthcare professionals are at great risk of contracting healthcare-associated infections, but appropriate workplace apparel technology can provide a protective barrier. CHOT researchers recently wrote an editorial that outlines guidance from professional societies and legislative actions that have provided positions on active barrier apparel as a best practice for healthcare apparel.

Comparing success and sustainability in two health systems

A recent CHOT study investigating how to successfully implement an innovative care management model such as Studer Group’s Evidence-based Leadership (EBL) tool found that culture (accountability, buy-in and communication) is […]

Predicating movement disorders using non-verbals

Design team interactions are one of the least understood aspects of the engineering design process. Given the integral role that designers play in the engineering design process, understanding the emotional […]

How to increase diabetic patient adherence to self-management programs

Patient adherence is one of the most difficult changes to healthcare providers. This study models human behavior, both intentional and unintentional, relating to error in patient adherence of diabetes treatment. […]

Which one first? Prioritizing Vaccines for effective pandemic response

When limited vaccines are available, prioritized vaccination is considered the best strategy to mitigate the impact of a pandemic. A recent study led by Dr. Eva Lee, Georgia Institute of […]

Reinventing emergency department flow via physician-directed queuing system results in decreased wait time

In this CHOT study, a new flow model of emergency care delivery, physician-directed queuing (PDQ), was created after analysis of operational data and staff input of an overcrowded academic health […]

Significant cost saving attained with the implementation of a new ED decision support system

Improving an emergency department’s (ED) timeliness of care, quality of care, and operational efficiency while reducing avoidable readmissions, is fraught with difficulties, which arise from complexity and uncertainty. A recent […]

Patient segmentation and prediction of patient behaviors using the EMR and Machine Learning

In a recent CHOT study, researchers found healthcare organizations can effectively target specific segments of joint replacement patients with readily available information from the electronic medical record (EMR). The goal […]

A new and more accurate model for predicting compliance to evidence-based bundles of practice

CHOT researchers used probability generating functions to rapidly predict compliance and illustrate the improved detection of non-compliance over other methods. This new prediction model for monitoring compliance is practical, fast, […]