Track: Life Sciences
Operations Research in Support of the National COVID-19 Response
A salient feature of the COVID-19 pandemic is the vast volume and variety of data that have been collected and made available, far eclipsing that of any previous public health crisis. Raw data alone, however, does not answer questions: analysis is needed in order to transform data into useful and actionable insights for decision-makers. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) is supporting the federal government during the National COVID-19 Response, including HHS, CDC, FEMA, and the White House. We will discuss how critical OR has been in providing timely, trusted information for decision making. This includes quick-turn analytics, detailed analytic products, deep-dive assessments, and the development and deployment of healthcare resource and epidemiological models. We will discuss lessons learned during the last two years of supporting the pandemic, and thoughts on how to further advance analytic techniques to provide faster, more accurate, and defensible analysis to support public health disaster response operations.