2015 INFORMS Annual Conference
Special ArticlesINFORMS hosts successful healthcare conference
The 2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference recently held in Nashville, Tenn., was a big success with 125 sessions and more than 500 talks. The conference featured a great combination of academic and practitioner speakers, along with a nice blend of healthcare and analytics professionals. Interesting thought-provoking dialogue was evident from contrasting views of healthcare professionals.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsAnalytics Section members wearing ‘CAPs’
The Analytics Section of INFORMS salutes its members who have achieved the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation. They have measured up to the high standard of the analytics profession that INFORMS’ subject matter experts have determined must be met in order to qualify as a certified professional.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS News2015 Analytics Section member survey
Once again, the Analytics Section of INFORMS will be conducting a survey to get Section members’ feedback on what activities are benefiting the membership, which activities we should continue to support, and what efforts we should consider for the future. Currently, the Analytics Section provides resources or supports activities related to INFORMS conferences, regional analytics meetings, competitions, certifications and publications.Read More
Healthcare: The quiet reform
If you want to know where healthcare is headed in the United States, ignore the political partisans and pundits and pay attention to what’s happening on the ground. Long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became both law and a political football nearly two years ago, the industry quietly began reforming itself, driven by the purist of interests: survival and prosperity, in that order.
For this special issue of Analytics, we invited a variety of analysts who work or consult in the healthcare sector to contribute articles based on their particular experience and expertise. One of the first invitations went out to Tom Davenport, who literally wrote the book on analytics (“Competing on Analytics”). Tom contributed a piece on one of the most significant problems facing the healthcare industry as it charges into the future: analytical integration.
We also interviewed a handful of industry leaders and stakeholders from the provider, payer and pharmaceutical segments to give us a well-rounded view of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape (“Analytics & the future of healthcare”). The one message we kept hearing over and over again from all sides was this: Skyrocketing costs have rendered the current U.S. healthcare system “unsustainable,” market forces are calling for a performance-based system, analytics are crucial to this paradigm shift from “volume” to “value,” and the transformation is inevitable. In other words, the 2012 U.S. presidential election might slow down or modify healthcare reform (depending on the results), but it won’t stop it.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Atanu Basu, founder and CEO of Ayata, a Prescriptive Analytics® software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Atanu, who has a personal and professional interest in the intersection of analytics and healthcare, brought many of the contributors to this special issue to my attention. An enthusiastic supporter of all things analytic, Atanu also served as a co-author of the introductory article to this special issue.
As several of the articles in the issue point out, healthcare providers were – for many years and many reasons – reluctant to embrace analytics, but now the industry appears on the verge of leapfrogging to the forefront of analytical applications. Needless to say, it’s a welcomed development and sets the stage for a promising future – for analysts, for the healthcare industry, and most of all, for patients.
As always, we look forward to your comments.