Helped to create Improving Primary Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) collaborative. I-PrACTISE is an educational and research collaborative focused on connecting problems in Primary Care with solutions from Industrial Engineering.

It is a formal partnership between the University of Wisconsin Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medicine and Pediatrics of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

I-PrACTISE focuses on applying industrial engineering methods and systems thinking to primary care healthcare settings, aimed at improving patient outcomes while reducing costs and minimizing waste. By doing so, they seek to address some of the challenges facing modern healthcare delivery, which includes rising healthcare costs, limited resources, and burnout.

The goal of I-PrACTISE is to develop a home for cross-disciplinary research to foster development of innovative solutions that involve re-engineering existing clinical workflows and tools.


The care of patients will be improved and the practice of primary care medicine will become more efficient through new knowledge and techniques created by the collaboration between Industrial Engineering and the primary care specialties.


Create a home for scholars and clinicians with interest and expertise in industrial engineering and/or primary care to conduct funded projects directed at improving the quality of primary care for patients, clinicians and staff.


The membership consists of interested UW Faculty from the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as interested scholars from other professions and institutions.