Healthcare costs are growing rapidly, and they constitute the single largest expense for provincial and territorial governments across Canada. Fortunately, we are also in the midst of a big data revolution in healthcare, which enables engineers to develop data-driven, quantitative and evidence-based solutions to problems from health systems performance improvement to medical decision-making. Engineers have always tackled significant and challenging problems facing society. Analytical and design methodologies are helping healthcare organizations work more effectively and efficiently for those that provide care, even in the face of increasing costs and complexity.
The Centre for Healthcare Engineering (CHE) at the University of Toronto was established in 2008 to bridge academic research in engineering with healthcare practice. Today, CHE is a leader in interdisciplinary research and education in healthcare engineering. The Centre comprises faculty and students from across the University whose research is directly impacting healthcare organizations and partners in practice.