Purdue Regenstrief Center Appoints Director

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Paul Griffin has joined Purdue University as director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering and professor of industrial engineering. He most recently served as the Virginia C. and Joseph C. Mello chair and professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Griffin also served as research director for health care delivery in the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech and co-led the Center for Health Analytics. He also previously served six years as the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Head of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. RCHE was established at Purdue with support from the Regenstrief Foundation. Purdue faculty research aligns with the vision of founder Sam Regenstrief. RCHE is a national leader in collecting and analyzing medical device alert data through its Regenstrief National Center for Medical Device Informatics. To date, more than 275 hospitals and clinics from 23 states contribute data to the REMEDI database. More than 45,000 reports using REMEDI’s analysis tools have been generated by hospital clinicians, resulting in a major impact on patient safety. RCHE brings together the strengths of Purdue’s engineering, management, clinical, social and basic sciences disciplines to investigate the numerous and complex avenues of the health care continuum, from wellness to care delivery. Tool development for communities of practice and the implementation of innovations and improvements in health care delivery, like the REMEDI program, are among RCHE’s large-scale interdisciplinary projects. Findings from a national strategic forum recently hosted by RCHE, titled Reengineering Healthcare Delivery, will help guide new areas of research for RCHE faculty.

Located in Purdue’s Discovery Park, interdisciplinary research faculty affiliated with RCHE provide a rational and data-driven basis for effecting positive change. Since its inception, funding for faculty projects working with RCHE has exceeded $95 million in cumulative extramural research funding. The center is designated a patient safety organization (PSO) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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