INFORMS NEWS: INFORMS Healthcare 2013

In 2011 INFORMS introduced a new, highly focused brand of conference 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 being planned for June 23-26 at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago.

The 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 problems in the healthcare continuum that are amenable to quantitative approaches. The program will also 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, University of British Columbia; Vedat Verter, McGill University; Hari Balasubramanian, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and Cerry Klein, 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 high-quality talks are presented by leaders in the field. All submissions will be reviewed by the committee and chairs. 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.

In a new feature, the INFORMS Health Applications Society will hold a Student Paper Competition in conjunction with the meeting. The award will call out papers judged to be the best in the field of health applications, both in terms of methodology and potential for impact.

The conference venue, the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, is a renowned Chicago hotel, situated at the best address in a great city, with world-class dining and shopping, top attractions, and the best in theatre and museums within walking distance.

For complete information and to submit an abstract visit: http://meetings.informs.org/healthcare2013/.