The Initiative will focus on a flexible set of general themes or foci, which are both highly relevant to modern healthcare and inclusive of both organizations' scholarly, research, pedagogical, and developmental agendas. Examples of such themes, within which Bucknell and Geisinger are currently interacting, include:
Medical Devices and Processes
Due to the strong dependence of modern healthcare practices on scientific and engineering technology, Bucknell engineers and scientists can collaborate with Geisinger physicians and researchers to developed improved and novel technologies and processes. Emphasis areas may include faculty-physician research, student design projects, and summer internships. Continued support of technology development is critical to increasing the likelihood of direct effects on current and future health-care practices.
Neuroscience research and education are strengths at both institutions, with particular emphasis on neurodevelopmental processes involved in normal brain development as well as abnormal development associated with autism, other developmental disabilities, and cancers affecting the brain and nervous system.
Operations research is an interdisciplinary field of applied mathematics, engineering and sciences that uses analytical methods including mathematical modeling, statistics and algorithms to improve operational decisions.
Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Geisinger is a very large, data-rich healthcare system, with advanced health information technology (HIT) including electronic health records (EHR) and a clinical data warehouse. There is a tremendous research and educational opportunity to leverage the vast operations, financial, clinical and genomics data for re-engineering health care to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Community and Regional Health Issues
The economic, social, and cultural dimensions of health care systems and their response to ongoing community, regional, and national issues are increasingly important areas of research and programming.