CHOT(COLLEGE STATION, TX) – The Center for Health Organization Transformation has been officially designated a center of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health following recent approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaboration between the HSC-School of Rural Public Health and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Other health system partners are Texas Children’s Hospital, Scott & White, CHRISTUS Health, Lone Star Circle of Care and Texas Health Resources.

CHOT links faculty and students to advance research and practice in health systems management, information systems, quality and safety management, chronic disease management, clinical change initiatives, and other evidence-based management approaches (such as Six Sigma and Toyota Lean Production Methods). In joining the HSC-School of Rural Public Health’s knowledge in health care management, information systems and organizational change with Texas A&M University’s and Georgia Tech’s expertise in systems engineering and informational technology, CHOT will help transform health care.

“The initial work on several transformation projects with our health system partners has demonstrated that CHOT’s research approaches are well-aligned with the objectives of the leaders of the health systems,” said Larry Gamm, Ph.D., CHOT director and head of health policy and management at the HSC-School of Rural Public Health.

Conversations are under way with other health systems regarding their participation as well as with the Texas Health Association, Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, and Texas Association of Public and Nonprofit Hospitals (Teaching Hospitals of Texas).

— Rae Lynn Mitchell