Healthcare Innovation

Improving the Outcome Before Surgery Begins

Research conducted by U-M surgeons shows that, among patients scheduled for major surgery, those who make even modest positive lifestyle changes prior to their procedure show impressive gains in how well they bounce back.

A pre-surgery “boot camp” for patients is already in place within the U-M Health System to provide education, guidance and motivation for patients to quit smoking, lose weight, become more active and reduce stress before major surgery.

Visualizing Health: A Better Way to Present Health Information

When it comes to our bodies, data abounds. We all have a blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels, A1c, BMI, and more. We have risks, too. We might have or be at risk for cancer, or heart disease, or have a higher risk of experiencing a side effect of a medication or treatment than someone else.

CHEPS: Using Systems Engineering to Improve Healthcare Delivery

The mission of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) is to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivery through a multi-disciplinary, systems engineering-based approach.

CHEPS focuses on:

COLLABORATION: The University of Michigan has nationally recognized strengths in engineering, medicine, nursing, public health, business, and more. We work to identify, foster, and promote collaborative projects across these units.

CHCR: Conducting Research into Tailored Health Communications

The Center for Health Communications Research is a designated a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research by the National Cancer Institute and has conducted research in individually tailored health communications since 1995.

The Center has developed over 100 tailored research interventions covering an extremely broad variety of topics, audiences, settings, and technologies.

Helping individuals in Colombia manage chronic illnesses between healthcare visits through telehealth

U-M ‘Healthy Call’ partnership assisting local entities in developing sustainable programs with plans to extend platform throughout Latin America 


Improving healthcare delivery doesn’t have to rely on complicated or expensive technology.

But to make healthcare better and reach more of the people who need it most, delivery innovation concepts require rigorous evaluation, adaptation to thrive in diverse environments, and support from providers and insurers to ensure long-term viability.