The future of healthcare through a systems approach

Alan Ravitz, Michael C. Grant, Conrad Grant

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This paper offers a perspective on how a Systems Approach framework, that involves Systems Thinking and the System Development Lifecycle, can be applied in collaborative innovation to ensure that healthcare achieves value, safety, accessibility, and positive patient outcomes. Approaching problem solving in healthcare from a Systems Thinking perspective reinforces the need to maintain a holistic, rather than reductionist, view when designing systems. Coupled with the System Development Lifecycle that provides a requirementsdriven process that progresses from conception through realization, one can create a feedback loop to ensure a continually improving system. Utilizing this approach through transdisciplinary teams, involving both engineers and healthcare professionals, that consider challenges from an integrated conceptual framework, allows the team to formulate and evaluate solutions based on the insights from across the disciplines. The result is the creation and deployment of robust solutions that improve value and advance learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 13th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781538648766
StatePublished - Aug 7 2018
Event13th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2018 - Paris, France
Duration: Jun 19 2018Jun 22 2018

Publication series

Name2018 13th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2018


Conference13th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2018


  • Healthcare
  • System Development Lifecycle
  • System of Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management


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