Keynote: The New Age of Healthcare Delivery
By Aida Rahmattalabi
Are you an active researcher in the healthcare domain? Do you want to know more about the recent advances in the healthcare system? If yes, then you could not have missed Linda Green’s keynote speech on the new advances in healthcare delivery.
Recently, the increasing healthcare costs in the United States have motivated significant changes in the way healthcare services are delivered. Specially, new technologies, access to data, and at the same time, rising patient expectations, are pushing for reliable and convenient access while demanding control over costs. Linda Green shed light on some of these challenges and took us on a journey on how operations research can help to achieve these goals.
In particular, she highlighted emerging modes of healthcare service. While hospitals and physicians have dominated the healthcare delivery system in the past, mobile paramedics are now trying to improve the quality of service by avoiding the emergency room and reducing the need for hospitalization. These new systems, however, open up new operational questions which lead to new avenues of research. Green shared her invaluable experience in trying to address some of these questions to create higher quality, lower cost healthcare systems in the future.