Chemotherapy Infusion Outpatient Flow Summer 2015

Participants: Amy Cohn, Ajaay Chandrasekara, Brooke Szymanski, Chhavi Chaudhry, Donald Richardson, Hassan Abbas, Jeremy Castaing, Jonathan Zhou, Jonathon McCormick, Madalina Jiga, Matthew Rouhana, Pamela Martinez Villarreal, Stephanie See, Alon Zadok Weizer, Carol McMahon, Carolina Typaldos, Corinne Hardecki, Diane Drago, Irene Turkewycz, Marian Grace Boxer

Project Contact: Amy Cohn, [email protected]

Project Synopsis: Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and chemotherapy is one of the primary treatment method for many types of cancer. However, the process of receiving infusion treatments can be complicated and cause patients to wait for long periods of time. In collaboration with The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC) we study the full process experienced by infusion patients, identify key bottlenecks within this process, and develop engineering-based techniques aimed at reducing patient delays and enhancing full-day patient experiences. Recent projects include the analysis of the UMCCC phlebotomy station, pharmacy, and infusion area.

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Acknowledgements: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of The Bonder Foundation, The Doctors Company Foundation, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the U of M College of Engineering SURE Program. We also thank all prior Cancer Center staff and CHEPS students who have contributed to this project.