CHIP Lecture: Healthcare as a Complex System

Complex systems have been a topic of study in natural sciences for decades. This talk will introduce the concept of complex adaptive systems and their potential applications in healthcare.

When Apr 03, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Health Sciences Library room 328
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Contact Phone 919-962-0182
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Complex systems have been a topic of study in natural sciences for decades.  Physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, meteorology, and engineering practitioners have used the concept of complex systems to explaian phenomena as diverse as phase transitions in physical matter, immune system functions, and weather patterns.  These systems have been modeled using, for the most part, the concept of dynamical systems and nonlinear equations.  Recently, social scientists started experimenting with complex systems tools developed in physics, mathematics, and engineering in order to better understand the nature of issues that our society is facing today.  Unlike natural systems, social systems involve active participation of system elements (they possess “will”).  Subsequently, a tremendous progress has been made in applying the methodology of Complex Adaptive Systems to Economics, Sociology, Transportation, Warfare, Decision Making, and other disciplines. However, we are still at the very beginning stage of the effective use of complexity tools and methodologies in healthcare. This talk will introduce the concept of complex adaptive systems and their potential applications in healthcare.

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