OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND SYSTEM SCIENCE

WORKSHOP: DECEMBER 16TH, 2003 AHRQ, Rockville, md

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Learn about the current directions on Operations Research and System Science from a panel of experts who have just completed a study of Research and Development in the subject, as applied to Heath Care Delivery Systems.  The workshop will be at the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, in Rockville, MD on December 16th, 2003.

WTEC's panel is chaired by Prof. Francois Sainfort,  Chair, Professor and Director of the Health Systems Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology and includes experts (listed inside) with broad strengths and experience in operations research and systems science as applied to health care delivery systems. 


List of Topics:

  • Advanced developments in application of linear, nonlinear and integer programming
  •  Advanced applications of simulation and stochastic network techniques
  • Advanced application of process and quality control methods and related data mining methodologies
  • Advanced application of risk management, risk pooling and decision analysis tool
  • Impacts of new developments in biomedical research 
  • Impacts of latest developments in computer, network, and human interface technologies
  • Interaction of public policy, engineering research, and health care economics

Workshop Panelists:

Prof. Francois Sainfort (panel chair), Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  
Prof. Diwakar Gupta, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
 

 

Prof. John Blake, Ph.D., Dalhousie University
Prof. Michael Carter, Ph.D., University of Toronto
 
Prof. Ronald L. Rardin, Ph.D., Purdue University
 

SCHEDULE:

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
540 Gaither Rd.
Rockville, MD

Tentative Agenda

     1:00 PM      Registration

   1:30 PM      Intro. To WTEC;

   1:35 PM      Welcome; Sponsors

   1:45 PM      Introduction to the study and executive summary; Dr. Sainfort

   4:30 PM      Conclusions; Dr. Sainfort

   4:35 PM      Open discussion

   4:50 PM      Adjournment

 

Purpose and Scope

The goal of this study is to gather information and disseminate it to government decision makers and the research community on the worldwide status and trends in Operations Research and System Science as applied to Heath Care Delivery Systems.  The study panelists will gather information on R&D abroad useful to the U.S. government in planning its own R&D programs, and will critically analyze and compare the research in the United States with that being pursued in abroad.  This information will serve the following purposes:

  • Identify good ideas overseas worth exploring in U.S. S&T programs
  • Clarify research opportunities and needs for advancing progress in the field generally
  • Identify opportunities for international collaboration
  • Evaluate the position of foreign research programs relative to those in the U.S.

Depending on the final sponsorship, the scope of this study will be determined by a series of discussions among the sponsors and the panel members. Subtopics likely to be covered in this WTEC study include the following:

  • Advanced developments  in application of linear, nonlinear and integer programming as well as other mathematical optimization mythologies to health care delivery system design and operations
  • Advanced applications of simulation and stochastic network techniques that integrate computational and data analysis capabilities for design and resource management in health care systems
  • Advanced application of  process and quality control methods and related data mining methodologies to reducing medical errors and improving quality and reliability in health care delivery
  • Advanced application of risk management, risk pooling and decision analysis tools to problems in health care decision making and finance
  • Impacts of new developments in biomedical research, such as imaging and biosensing, tissue engineering, functional genomics, and computer-mediated telemedicine, as new variables in designing optimal health care delivery systems
  • Impacts of latest developments in computer, network, and human interface technologies as critical variables in designing next generation health care systems
  • Interaction of public policy, engineering research, and health care economics

The study may also address the following non-technical issues:

  • Mechanisms for enhancing international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field
  • Opportunities for shortening the lead time for deployment of new manufacturing technologies emerging from the laboratory
  • Long-range research, educational, and infrastructure issues that need addressed to promote better progress in the field
  • Current government S&T funding levels overseas compared to the United States, to the extent data are available

 

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