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.
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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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News Item – Will my kids be safe?

September 7, 2020

Dionne Aleman, industrial engineering professor, CHE affiliate and pandemic modeller: There is evidence to suggest that one-metre distancing is almost… Read more »

News Item – Where are you most likely to encounter COVID-19 in Toronto? Check our interactive map

September 3, 2020

Dionne Aleman, an associate professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto and an expert in pandemic modelling, says… Read more »

News Item – Are U of T’s fall reopening plans safe? No, say some community members

August 28, 2020

“The safest course of action is obviously to require any course content that can be delivered online, to be delivered… Read more »

Academic publication – Modelling resource requirements and physician staffing to provide virtual urgent medical care for residents of long-term care homes: a cross-sectional study

August 20, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak increases the importance of strategies to enhance urgent medical care delivery in long-term care… Read more »

News Item – Ontario optometrists are redirecting patients to ERs to protest underfunding

August 10, 2020

Dionne Aleman, an associate professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto who specializes in pandemic planning, told the… Read more »

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