november, 2021

fri19nov2:00 pmfri3:00 pmOptimizing and Transforming Healthcare Outcomes: Data-Driven Decision and Policy MakingResearch Speaker Series2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Alston Parlor

Event Details

Hear from Dr. Eva Lee, Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare at The University of Alabama in Birmingham.

About the Session

The talk will focus on evidence-based personalized clinical decision making – a complicated process since it requires physicians to infer information from a given case and determine the best treatment based on their knowledge. Data from electronic medical records can reveal critical variables that impact treatment outcomes and inform allocation of limited time and resources, allowing physicians to practice evidence-based treatment tailored to individual patient conditions.  On a larger scale, realistically modifiable social determinants of health that will improve community health can potentially be discovered and addressed. I will discuss our multi-site best practice discovery framework and rapid implementation. This work tackles over 800 clinical sites covering 9,000 providers and de-identified data for over 3.5 million patients with health records spanning the last 26 years. Such analysis requires effective database management, data extraction, preprocessing, integration, and advanced analytics tools. In addition, temporal data mining of longitudinal health data cannot currently be achieved through statistically and computationally efficient methodologies and is still under-explored. This is a particularly important issue when analyzing outcomes, health equity, and health conditions for chronic disease patients. Established policies and implemented results for chronic kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes will be discussed.

This work is joint with the Care Coordination Institute, the American Medical Association, Kaiser Permanent, and Grady Health Systems.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eva Lee is an American applied mathematician and operations researcher who applies combinatorial optimization and systems biology to the study of health care decision-making and organizational transformation. She’s been a critical voice in the scientific community with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and in previous pandemics like SARS and H1N1.

Dr. Lee is Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare, a center established through funds from the National Science Foundation and the Whitaker Foundation. The center focuses on biomedicine, public health and defense, translational medical research, medical delivery and preparedness, and protection of critical infrastructures. She is a subject matter expert in medical systems and public health informatics. She previously served as the Senior Health Systems Engineer and Professor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was Co-Director for the Center for Health Organization Transformation.

Lee’s work has included collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on defenses against pandemic and biological events, development of rapid responses to radiation exposure from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, optimization of vaccines and design based on patient response, the early detection of chronic diseases, disparities in health, and personalized treatment design for cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

Since January 2020, Lee has been working with federal, state, and local leaders on Covid-19 containment and mitigation, strategic testing, medical and personnel surge, resource allocation, reopening operations logistics, treatment prediction and outcome analysis, and vaccine prioritization and distribution. The work was featured on the CNN and ABC documentaries, and the documentary  “Totally Under Control” and numerous news outlets including the New York Times. Dr. Lee is an INFORMS Fellow. She was also inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows, the first IE/OR engineer to be nominated and elected for this honor.


(Friday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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