Guest Presentation: Yuan Zhou Ph.d Candidate

IMSE Faculty & Students,

Ms. Yuan Zhou will be presenting to IMSE Wednesday June 15 at 1:30 in the Rady Room. Details of the presentation and her bio are below.

All students and faculty are encouraged to attend.Attendance is expected for summer GTAs and on-campus GRAs.

For Questions see Dr. Rosenberger

Location: Rady Room Nedderman Hall Room 601
Date: Wednesday June 15, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 2:50pm

Title: Development and Application of Computer Modeling and Simulation in Healthcare Research

Abstract: Today’s healthcare is facing huge challenges in many aspects, including but not limited to, insufficient information for health policy development, barriers in meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HIT), fragmented care delivery processes, and undesirable resource allocations. To understand and solve those problems, computer modeling and simulation provides effective methods and powerful tools in design, creation, evaluation, and optimization of complex healthcare systems. Focusing on the development and application of computer simulation, this presentation will discuss two healthcare researches in public health and HIT domain.  The public health research aims to understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases in public indoor environment using Agent-Based Simulation (ABS) and facilitate health agencies to establish effective intervention strategies. An analytical framework based on agent-based modeling approach is developed by adequately considering the complexity of a high resolution contact network in shopping centers and uncertainties embedded in the disease transmission mechanism. An illustrative ABS model is constructed to demonstrate the Influenza transmission in a super-regional shopping center in Buffalo, New York. The research in HIT investigates the meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in ambulatory physician practices and quantifies the impact on practice operations using Discrete-Event Simulation (DES). The simulation model is developed based on a comprehensive workflow study that captures both clinical and nonclinical tasks with integration of a proposed EHR interoperability framework. The significant results include improved efficiency of interoperable tasks, reduced utilization of administrators, and increased utilization of physicians.Yuan's Photo

Biographical Sketch: Yuan Zhou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on agent-based simulation, infectious disease modeling, process improvement, health information technology, and health data analytics. Yuan has received a Bachelor degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China and a Master degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at University at Buffalo. She has been working closely with local healthcare organizations and manufacturing companies to improve their business operations from perspectives of processes, resource allocations, and facility layouts.

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