Message from the Director
Engineering principles applied to the process of diagnosing and treating disease have the potential to revolutionize healthcare. Achieving this potentialrequires a critical mass of committed, innovative, and cross-disciplinary individuals. Through the generous support of John C. Malone, PhD ’69, and the Whiting School of Engineering, we are engaging with clinical partners to improve the effectiveness of healthcare for all stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, and healthcare providing organizations.
-Gregory D. Hager, Director and Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science
Our understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of disease is unparalleled in human history, but the complementary innovations necessary to efficiently deliver these advances have not kept pace. Healthcare delivery is a complex, intertwined system of people, processes, and organizations that has not yet seen the benefits that can be derived from new sources of data, new approaches to system analysis and optimization, or new ways to integrate advanced information technology. Yet, just as manufacturing was transformed by computer-aided process control, social life was re-invented with the World Wide Web and transportation has been revolutionized by mobile computing, we believe healthcare can be transformed by engineering innovations designed to address inefficiencies, to improve information flow, and to empower end-users.
In 2016, The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare was established, through the generous support of Whiting School alumnus Dr. John C. Malone, to promote the use of engineering methods to improve healthcare. The Malone Center is a visionary effort to bring together engineers and clinicians from Whiting School of Engineering and Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, so they can produce new technologies that will have a significant impact in real healthcare settings.
In 2010, Dr. Malone, who earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Johns Hopkins, donated $30 million to the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering for the construction of Malone Hall. Malone Hall is an important interdisciplinary research facility on the Homewood campus and home of The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.
The mission of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare is to catalyze and accelerate the development of research-based innovations that advance the effectiveness and efficiency of health care.
To increase the efficiency and consistency of healthcare new technologies will be needed to collect, store, and analyze complex data taken from a wide variety of sources – from traditional EHRs, to streaming data from medical devices, and ultimately data from emerging mobile systems. Through advances in data analytics and machine learning, it will then become possible to simultaneously model and optimize the operation of a healthcare organization, and it will become possible to identify areas of high variability in outcomes and seek decision-support solutions to support caregivers. Using advances in user-centered design, cross-disciplinary clinician-engineering teams will produce solutions powered by cloud architectures.
We will catalyze these changes by concentrating a broad range of engineering expertise on real emergent opportunities in healthcare, and accelerate them by facilitating the deployment and optimization of solutions to have a real impact on this national priority. Through strategic, focused collaborations among engineering researchers and healthcare providers we will produce tools for 21st century healthcare systems that will improve patient care, enhance care-provider effectiveness, and increase the efficiency of the healthcare environment as a whole.
Ultimately, we envision networks and systems that are so fully integrated efficient, effective, and consistent that no patient will receive a different diagnosis, treatment, or outcome dependent on which hospital or clinic they visit.
Our strategy is to create cross-disciplinary clinician-engineering teams to identify research-based innovations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment, reduce harm and adverse events, and promote patient and provider usability and satisfaction. Our faculty are working to innovate in three focus areas:
- Smart Devices and Systems for Healthcare – creating devices and associated computational and/or information analytics that enhance care in the critical environment
- Modeling and Optimization for Healthcare Delivery- exploiting traditional and new sources of data to create tools that enhance the diagnosis, delivery, and quality of healthcare
- Mobile Health and Healthy Living- developing innovations that support individuals outside traditional care environments, that enhance health in everyday life, and that augment traditional healthcare approaches