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Rotterdam is an emerging world leader in the healthcare and medical industry. Rotterdam’s medical sector comprises of 2,800 businesses, 10 hospitals, and 13 healthcare institutes and accounts for around 93,000 jobs in the region and 19% of local employment in Rotterdam.
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Prof. dr. Edwin Romeijn, H. Milton and Carolyn J. Stewart School Chair at the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech
Prof. dr. Joris van de Klundert, Chair Department Health Services Organisation & Management, Institute of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Advances in medical sciences, technology, and society at large, have considerably improved life expectancy and health of populations across the globe in recent decades. These advancements have in turn brought about demands and aims which pose new challenges to societies. In high income countries, the affordability of health service systems is under pressure. At the same time, low and middle income countries seek to build up their health service systems with limited resources – sometimes hindered by humanitarian crises.
While there are differences between continents, countries, and even within countries, many of the present challenges result from global developments and are shared. There is much to be gained for the global population from sharing solutions and joining scientific forces to improve health services. In all the dynamics and complexity of the global developments, and the abundance of data available, operations researchers have a key role to play in these improvement efforts. A key role in finding affordable and sustainable solutions for the challenging problems faced by todays health service systems. Optimizing health service operations, and outcomes.