The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) held its Fall 2015 Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, on October 8 & 9.
The event was attended by over 70 IAB members, NSF representatives, faculty, and graduate/undergraduate students. The attendees included a number Penn State CIHDS students, faculty, and partners including Nathaniel Bastian (graduate student, industrial engineering); Harleah Buck, assistant professor, College of Nursing; Christopher DeFlitch, associate professor and chief medical information officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; James Gigliotti, CHOT Industry Advisory Board Chair, Highmark; Deirdre McCaughey, adjunct professor, Health Care Management & Strategy; Harriet Black Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering, director of CIHDS and site director of CHOT; Shruthi Bezawada (graduate student, industrial engineering); Abhinav Singh (graduate student, industrial engineering); Eric Swenson (graduate student, industrial engineering); and Yifeng Yu (graduate student, industrial engineering).
Penn State PhD candidate Nathan Bastian presented his research involving the use of electronic medical records for health market segmentation during the conference. Bastian described the experience as “a tremendous opportunity to present and receive feedback on current research efforts, as well as connect with industry members, students and faculty from other universities.”
Along with Bastian, a number of CIHDS students presented their current research in poster sessions and research panels. PhD candidate Linlin Ma said “the conference provided an opportunity to practice presenting to an audience which is a very important skill for researchers. It was a real occasion to learn.” Ma presented her research involving telehealth solutions for rural heart failure patients.
The IAB meets twice a year to contribute to the Center’s strategic direction, advise on projects, new university partners, and industry members, and select new projects. The meeting featured working sessions, research panels, poster sessions and collaborative roundtable discussions for CHOT directors and graduate students who participate in their university’s CHOT-related research center.