The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has received the green light from its board of regents to establish a new institute for healthcare policy research.
U. of Michigan to build healthcare policy research institute
The Institute for Healthcare Policy Research and Innovation will examine ways to improve population health through health services research, according to a news release from the university.
"The research done at our new institute will inform and influence public policy and enhance public and private efforts to improve the quality, safety, equity and affordability of healthcare services," Dr. James Woolliscroft, dean of the university's medical school and a professor of medicine, said in the release.
The institute could eventually include more than 500 researchers, making it one of the largest healthcare policy research organizations in the country. It will emphasize an approach to research that incorporates a wide range of disciplines, according to the release.
The goal, according to Dr. David Canter, director of the university's North Campus Research Complex, is to bring departments together to solve problems collaboratively.
Improving healthcare delivery "is a big issue that can't be solved with just one type of researcher," Canter said in the release. "We are blurring the departmental and school lines of the university, bringing together not only the best researchers but also policymakers and private industry to tackle a crucial issue."
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