About CIHL

What is CIHL?

The Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL) is an industry-university partnership based at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville that leads a nationwide effort to identify and foster system-wide adoption of ground-breaking healthcare supply chain and logistics innovations. It has achieved a leading role in healthcare supply chain progress through

• Intensive collaboration with a variety of healthcare providers, industry organizations, and healthcare supply chain leaders in vigorous data and opinion gathering, including pilot testing at partner sites
• Objective engineering analysis of healthcare challenges and innovations, free of commercial or institutional interests, that leverages the University’s broad background in engineering of logistics and supply chains
• Avoiding “one-off” single-site investigations in favor of scalable projects with system-wide impact
• Commitment to broad dissemination of findings from Center investigations in presentations, reports and computer-based decision aids

It isn’t enough for healthcare innovations to be created. To be truly effective, innovations must incorporate processes that healthcare facilities can adapt and sustain over time. For this reason, the center will focus on innovations that can be replicated and adapted to multiple healthcare settings. Training and other promotional activities are also planned to help make the business and healthcare cases for preferred solutions and facilitate their systemic adoption.

For more information about CIHL and our current research projects, view our CIHL Overview.

Mission & Vision


Through a collaboration of University of Arkansas researchers, healthcare providers, interested corporations, and government agencies, CIHL is seeking healthcare supply chain and logistic innovations that put the right materials in the hands of caregivers when and where they are needed.


To shape and foster systemic adoption of ground-breaking innovations through highlighting and replicating proven best practices already benefiting some patients and providers, by seeking opportunities to adapt logistics and supply chain solutions from other industries to healthcare, and by overcoming gaps and roadblocks that prevent progress.

Site Director

Dr. Ed Pohl, Ph.D., Lt. Col. USAF (Retired)

Professor and Department Head of Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas
4107 Bell Engineering Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701
P: (479) 575-6029 | E: epohl@uark.edu