Healthcare Management: From the rapidly increasing cost of healthcare delivery to critical staff shortages to patient demand for more and better services, healthcare organizations are challenged to achieve the “Triple Aim” of healthcare – improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. These challenges are further amplified by population fluctuation in various locales, an aging global population, an increase in chronic health conditions, and a range of other global health issues. The result is increased pressure on healthcare delivery systems to compete and/or achieve sustainability. Individuals and organizations across industries have likewise become strained as a result of these global healthcare challenges. With the healthcare industry representing the largest sector of almost every economy in the developed world, healthcare organizations’ efforts to transform themselves into more sustainable and competitive institutions are attracting attention across the globe.

Submissions are invited for the topic areas listed below, many of which have been identified as important research areas by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Proposals for panels involving practitioners discussing research needs will be given special consideration.

  • Financial Management in Healthcare
  • Health Communication & Informatics
  • Health Economics
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Healthcare Operations Research
  • Healthcare Safety, Security, Reliability, and Risk Management
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare
  • Human Resources Management in Healthcar
  • Health IT Design, Implementation, Use, Impact on outcomes, and Measurement
  • Quality and Process Improvement in Healthcare
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Healthcare Processes
  • Health Supply Chain Management & Logistics
  • Incentives and Interventions to Improve Performance of Systems and Providers