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Mayo Clinic conference to explore systems engineering, operations research

This post is sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Would you like to know what impact applying advanced analytical methods and tools can have on health care? The answer to this question can be found at this year’s Mayo Clinic Conference on Systems Engineering and Operations Research on August 10  — 12 at Mayo Clinic. Registration material […]

This post is sponsored by Mayo Clinic.

Would you like to know what impact applying advanced analytical methods and tools can have on health care? The answer to this question can be found at this year’s Mayo Clinic Conference on Systems Engineering and Operations Research on August 10  — 12 at Mayo Clinic. Registration material for the conference is online at mayo.edu/cme/.

This unique conference brings together health care professionals, operations research practitioners and academic faculty and students to share and discuss the effective application of systems engineering (SE) and operations management (OM) tools as they relate to health care.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to join colleagues in discussions about how health care providers, SE and OM practitioners and academic leaders can collaborate to address the current challenges being faced by the health care industry.

Among the highlights of the conference, William Pierskalla, Ph.D., will share an overview of systems engineering and operations research in health care settings and demonstrate how good engineering can have a positive impact on patient care. Following Pierskalla’s presentation, a Mayo Clinic patient, family members and a care team will describe a health care journey influenced by systems thinking.

Another unique session, facilitated by Michael Rock, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, will be open to all conference attendees. Dr. Rock will describe his personal experience with applying advanced analytical methods and tools to patient care.

Attendees have the option of submitting abstracts for poster presentations at the conference. Abstracts are due July 15, 2011, and details for submission are available at mayo.edu/cme/.

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