INFORMS News: INFORMS Healthcare 2013

In 2011, INFORMS introduced a highly focused brand of conferences with a three-day meeting on healthcare. That meeting was such a success – both in terms of attendance and quality of presentations – that a second INFORMS conference on healthcare is planned for June 23-26, 2013 at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago.

The 2013 healthcare conference aims to bring a diverse group of researchers and stakeholders together to share information and insights that can improve the long-term efficiency, effectiveness and quality of healthcare delivery. Presentations will span a wide range of healthcare problems that are amenable to quantitative approaches. The program will feature contributions from synergistic fields, including healthcare policy, clinical decision-making, global health, therapy and treatment delivery, public health and data-driven modeling.

General Chair Sanjay Mehrotra, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, has formed an organizing committee of respected OR/MS professionals, including Steven Shechter of the University of British Columbia, Vedat Verter of McGill University, Hari Balasubramanian of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Cerry Klein of the University of Missouri.

Several INFORMS subdivisions have agreed to be technical co-sponsors of the meeting, including the INFORMS Health Applications Society, Computing Society, Optimization Society, Simulation Society and Data Mining Section. Other organizations outside INFORMS will also participate. With support from these groups, the conference is expected to draw researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Europe and around the world, offering a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary view of healthcare systems.

The conference will offer a small-scale, collegial environment where leaders in the field will present high-quality talks. The committee and chairs will review all submissions. Authors are invited to submit in a choice of formats, oral presentation or interactive poster sessions, and must submit a two-page extended abstract as well as 50-word summary. Abstract submission is now open, with the deadline of March 1, 2013.

The conference venue is situated at the best address in a great city. For complete information and to submit an abstract, visit: