Shin-Yi Wu

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Adjunct Health Systems Engineer
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering, specializing in Health Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Shin-Yi Wu is an adjunct health systems engineer at RAND. She is also an assistant professor of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Southern California, and affiliated faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on application of quality improvement and assessment methods, decision analysis and simulation modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis to improve health care delivery and health policy, and cost-effective quality improvement approaches to improve the care and health outcomes of chronic illness in the elderly. For the RAND Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation (ICICE), Wu is characterizing the efforts of organizations to improve delivery and quality of chronic illness care. Other current projects include a Medicare demonstration of smoking cessation programs; evidence reports for elder care; and community-based cancer screening promotion interventions. Wu's past research included an investigation of the impact of a patient-centered care approach on patient outcomes; a simulation of type 1 diabetes disease progression and a comparison of the cost-effectiveness of alternative treatments; a long-term projection of costs and prevalence of chronic illness; and an evaluation of a medical device to assist patient self-management and monitoring. Wu has also worked in the Office of Quality Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Dean's Office, College of Engineering, at Chung-Yuan University in Taiwan.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Assistant Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California

Recent Projects

  • Redesigning hospital care delivery processes
  • Integrating chronic care model and business strategies in the safety net

Selected Publications

Jill A. Marsteller et al., "How Do Teams in Quality Improvement Collaboratives Interact?" Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 33(5), 2007

Lisa S. Meredith et al., "Implementation and Maintenance of Quality Improvement for Treating Depression in Primary Care," Psychiatric Services, 57(1), 2006

Basit Chaudhry et al., "Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care," Annals of Internal Medicine, 144(10), 2006

Marjorie L. Pearson et al., "Assessing the Implementation of the Chronic Care Model in Quality Improvement Collaboratives," Health Services Research, 40(4), 2005

Deborah A. Cohen et al., "Cost-Effective Allocation of Government Funds to Prevent HIV Infection," Health Affairs, 24(4), 2005