INFORMS Healthcare 2015 ready for Nashville

The 2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on July 29-31. Over the past two decades, Nashville spawned more than 500 healthcare companies, many of them spun off from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Vanderbilt University Medical Center and HealthTrust. Today those companies, including 13 publicly traded companies, generate more than $70 billion in annual revenue and more than 400,000 jobs globally.

For most healthcare delivery organizations, the focus on delivering the highest value has never been greater. Facing the reality of accelerated downward pressures on reimbursements, these organizations have to reinvent service delivery across the entire continuum of care. Technological advances and rapidly shifting financial landscapes are increasing pressure to achieve wholesale reconsideration and reconstruction of healthcare delivery models in both inpatient and outpatient settings – especially as the line between these two blurs. Delivery systems are also shifting their key focus from volume-oriented healthcare delivery to individual and population health, which is what the consumers actually desire from healthcare.

This provides a unique opportunity for the operations research community to showcase its existing methods, to develop innovative techniques for addressing emerging challenges at all levels of healthcare delivery, and to capitalize on increased interest to achieve implemented solutions and testable outcomes.

With 125 sessions and more than 500 talks, the conference will address important topics such as big data, healthcare analytics, informatics, medical decision-making, public health, disease modeling, patient flows and scheduling, and much more.

The conference goal is to bring together academic researchers in “healthcare analytics” and industry stakeholders for the application of this research to share information and improve the delivery of effective healthcare. The health sector is catching up fast but still lags behind other industries such as airlines, hotel chains and retail in the adoption of systematic and quantitative analysis used in decision support, and this conference will help to bridge the informational gap. The conference aims to bring a cross-
cultural view of healthcare systems worldwide and the research and applications designed to improve these systems in areas such as:

  • The best, most dynamic current research in healthcare O.R. and analytics presented in one, highly focused conference.
  • Synergism of business and management principles with medical principles provide a unique learning experience.
  • Multidisciplinary research providing a 360-degree view on analytics, O.R., information systems, statistics, epidemiology and more.
  • A cross-cultural view of healthcare systems and operational impact from around the world is assured by an international panel of experts from U.S., Canada and Europe.
  • An intimate, small-scale setting to drive learning.
  • Participation from leading healthcare O.R. societies, including: Health Application Section of INFORMS, MSOM Society of INFORMS Healthcare Operations Management Group, Canadian OR Society, POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management, EURO Working Group on Healthcare, Association for Information Systems SIG-Health, IIE’s Society for Health Systems and Vanderbilt University medical-related schools.

The conference will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel in downtown Nashville. There are a limited numbers of rooms booked at the INFORMS group rate, so make your reservations early. We do anticipate that rooms at the group rate will sell out.
Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to enjoy all that Nashville has to offer. Nashville has earned such accolades as “one of the top five travel destinations to visit in the world in 2013” (Condé Nast Traveler), and “One of the Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States” (Cvent). Nashville’s healthy economy and enviable quality of life have attracted a large influx of newcomers.  The New York Times notes, “There’s much more to the Tennessee capital than country. One of seven cities chosen to begin Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network, Nashville is bustling with new business.”

For more information on this conference, including information on registration, the venue or the program please visit: http://meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/healthcare2015/.

Robert S. Dittus, Eric Johnson and Vikram Tiwari, co-chairs, INFORMS Healthcare 2015