short notes on trends and new ideas
So far today I saw a talk on empirical OM used to look at workload, a talk integrating a network of queues with self-routing behavior, and heard a discussion about someone working in mental health and addiction.
Other quick thoughts:
–chronic disease is becoming the biggest problem in our health system. How can we prevent and manage effectively to reduce long-term effects?
–obesity is a major contributor to costs, diabetes, various comorbidities. What can OR offer this area?
–electronic medical records and their associated information exchanges will become ubiquitous in the next few years. What will the role of personalized medicine be, and how can OR help inform it?
–medical decisions (at many levels) are driven by numerous factors including incentives (of clinics, companies, physicians, patients). What do we need to do to incorporate in our research models?
–the health system in the US has increasing and significant costs. What are the main contributors to this, and thus what are the most important things for us to focus on as researchers?
signing off now to catch a plane.