Health Communications

Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis
The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) was formed in 1973 as a collaborative effort between the departments of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At CHSRA, researchers seek to improve long-term care and health systems by creating performance measures and developing information and decision support systems.

One such system is the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS), a computer-based system of integrated services designed to help individuals cope with a health crisis or medical concern. CHESS combines the best features of computers and human support to help improve patients' quality of life, reduce demands on physician time, and in some cases, reduce the cost of care.