An engineering-based medical school may soon be coming to Illinois, according to a press release announcing recommendations from a consulting firm.
The school, which will be located on the Urbana-Campaign campus, would be the first of its kind and would be designed to “combined education in health sciences, computer science and engineering with health care practice,” explained Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
The recommendations are from a commissioned study which also suggested that the University prepare for changes in the health care system by developing its biomedical engineering sphere. The hope is that the engineering-based medicine will help conduct more research to give a greater number of people access to health care services they seriously need.
“The U.S. health care system is undergoing historic transformation driven by an aging population with more chronic conditions, an influx of millions of new people into the health care system due to the Affordable Care Act, and a severe physician shortage,” the consultants wrote in their report.