Healthcare Analytics

Presented by Dimitris Bertsimas, Operations Research Center, MIT

In this talk Bertsimas presents an analytics approach to personalized diabetes management and the design of clinical trials for cancer. In the first part of the talk, he presents a system to make personalized lifestyle and health decisions for diabetes management, as well as for general health and diet management. (Joint work with Allison O' Hair.) In the second part of the talk, he proposes an analytics approach for the analysis and design of clinical trials that provides insights into what is the best currently available drug combination to treat a particular form of cancer and how to design new clinical trials that can discover improved drug combinations. The team develops semi-automated extraction techniques to build a comprehensive database of data from clinical trials. They use this database to develop statistical models from earlier trials that are capable of predicting the survival and toxicity of the combination of the drugs used, when the drugs used have been seen in earlier trials, but in different combinations. Then, using these statistical models, they develop optimization models that select novel treatment regimens that could be tested in clinical trials, based on the totality of data available on existing combinations. Ultimately, their approach offers promise for improving life expectancy and quality of life for cancer patients at low cost. (Joint work with Allison O' Hair, Stephen Relyea and John Silberholz).


Healthcare Analytics at MSKCC

Presented by Sasha Bartashnik, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

In this session, Bartashnik outlines MSK’s journey in establishing an analytics core and highlights some of the initiatives that have made an impact on the institution and helped it win the 2012 INFORMS Prize for effective integration of advanced analytics in an organization. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the oldest and one of the largest cancer hospitals in the world. They established the department of Strategic Planning and Innovation (STPI) based on the idea that better patient care means finding financially sustainable, patient-centered solutions.


Build, Test, Scale: Innovative Strategies that are Transforming the U.S. Healthcare System

Presented by: Susan D. DeVore, President and Chief Executive Officer, Premier healthcare alliance

Susan DeVore is President and CEO of the Premier healthcare alliance, the nation's leading alliance of hospitals, health systems and other providers dedicated to improving healthcare performance. An alliance of more than 2,500 hospitals and health systems and more than 70,000 other healthcare delivery sites, Premier uses the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective healthcare. Premier membership includes more than 40 percent of all U.S. health systems. With the ultimate goal of helping its members improve the health of their local communities, Premier builds, tests and scales models that improve quality, safety and cost of care. Through successful initiatives such as the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration with CMS, and QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, the alliance has driven improvements in evidence-based care and safety, as well as significant reductions in mortality, harm and cost. Premier is a leader in the accountable care movement and recently announced a joint-venture with IBM to develop industry-leading population analytics tools. Under DeVore's leadership, Premier has built an industry leading code of ethics, has been named four times as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere and has won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.