Engineering a better healthcare system

We pioneer data-driven research to improve system efficiency and enhance patient care.

The Centre for Healthcare Engineering (CHE) at the University of Toronto provides a bridge between academia and the healthcare sector, translating the latest research findings to impact practice and offering educational opportunities for students and practitioners.

Dionne Aleman (CHE Affiliate) in the news covering the COVID-19 pandemic

A new tool to quickly and efficiently redeploy hospital staff

An simple spreadsheet tool to get a feel for the number of beds to reserve for COVID-19 patients

Inputs are the number of COVID patients expected per day, average LOS of these patients, total number of beds, and desired coverage of COVID patients as % probability. Outputs are the number of beds to be reserved for COVID patients according to desired coverage.
If interest, please contact Mike Carter at

Innovative technology for older adults

Prof. Mark Chignell showcased a driving simulation to empower the elderly to experience the outside world “even when they have limited mobility.”

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Healthcare industry opportunities

Learn about some of the tools developed at the Centre for Healthcare Engineering.

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Pandemic Outbreak Planner

morPOP is a computer-based model developed to simulate disease spread through a population, use graph theory to optimize public health policies for the purpose of mitigating outbreak impact, and answer what-if scenarios concerning pandemic spread. Examples of questions that could be answered with the model include...

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Where exactly are Canadians catching COVID-19? Authorities are not totally sure

November 14, 2020

“Unfortunately, the hard reality is that we don’t know that much,” said Dionne Aleman, a University of Toronto engineering professor… Read more »

Job Opportunity – Principal Data Science Analyst, Center for Digital Health

November 6, 2020

The Center for Digital Health at Mayo Clinic is hiring a Senior Data Science Analyst to join a team that… Read more »

News Item – COVID-19: What we know about the second wave and a targeted approach for protecting Canadians

October 29, 2020

In Ontario, the Toronto Star reported that hundreds of COVID-19 infections may be going undetected each week because far fewer… Read more »

News Item – Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 834 cases, 5 deaths; France imposes new national lockdown; Bank of Canada holds rate steady

October 28, 2020

8 p.m. Hundreds of COVID-19 infections may be going undetected each week in Ontario because the province is regularly failing… Read more »

News Item – How low testing on the weekend may be making it harder to control Ontario’s second wave

October 28, 2020

“Far fewer Ontarians are getting tested on the weekend. This, in turn, has led to a weekly up-down testing cycle… Read more »

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