Hui Yang and Eva K. Lee are the co-editors of a new book that focuses on statistical and operational research methods and tools that are being used to improve the healthcare industry. Published by Wiley, “Healthcare Analytics: From Data to Knowledge to Healthcare Improvement” provides an integrated and comprehensive look at recent research advancements in data-driven healthcare analytics in an effort to provide more personalized and smarter healthcare services.

The book features contributions from leading researchers from around the world who shed light on new approaches within the realm of healthcare analytics. The text features discussions on contemporary methods and techniques to address the handling of rich and large-scale healthcare data, as well as the overall optimization of healthcare system operations. Real-world examples and case studies that emphasize the vast potential of statistical and operational research tools and techniques to address the big data environment within the healthcare industry are also presented.

“Healthcare Analytics” is a reference for academics and practitioners in operations research, management science, applied mathematics, statistics, business, industrial and systems engineering, healthcare systems and economics. It is also useful for graduate students studying operations research, industrial engineering, business and public health departments.

Yang is the Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State University. Lee is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Health Care at Georgia Tech. She is also a distinguished scholar at both the Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Tech.

Tom Willemain, a software entrepreneur, statistics professor and well-known figure in the operations research community, volunteered for a year-long sabbatical tour of duty in the National Security Agency (NSA). He recounts his experience in the recently released book, “Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life inside the National Security Agency,” in which he provides the first ground-level look inside the super-secret NSA and a shadowy think tank affiliated with it.

Willemain ended up spending several years moving between the business and academic worlds and the secret world. The book records his impressions of people and places never before described in such intimate detail.

A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, the book explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.

Dr. Willemain served as an expert statistical consultant to the NSA at Fort Meade, Md., and as a member of the adjunct research staff at an affiliated think tank, the Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS). He is professor emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having previously held faculty positions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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