The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) held its Fall 2016 Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting October 25-26. This year’s meeting was co-hosted by CHOT at Penn State CHOT and Penn State Health and was held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The event was attended by over 90 IAB members, NSF representatives, faculty, and graduate/undergraduate students. The attendees included more than 20 Penn State CHOT students, faculty, and partners, including PSU CHOT Site Director Conrad Tucker, Assistant Professor, Engineering Design Technology And Professional Programs. CHOT Scholars Eric Swenson (graduate student, industrial engineering); Yifeng Yu (graduate student, industrial engineering); Linlin Ma (graduate student, industrial engineering); and Sunghoon Lim (graduate student, industrial engineering) were also in attendance and presented research at the conference.
The agenda for the meeting included a keynote address from Dr. Lauren Hughes, Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CHOT Research Impact and Insight Presentations, and thematic breakout sessions where participants worked to develop themes for the upcoming research year. These research themes included Care Coordination, Access to Care, Future Models of Primary Care, System Optimization, Machine Learning, Marketing in the healthcare sector, Population Health Strategies, and Healthcare Workforce.
In addition to these agenda items, PSU CHOT scholars presented their current research in a poster presentation competition with students from 5 other universities. PSU CHOT scholar Linlin Ma won third place in the competition for her research project, “Constructing a risk factor visualization and area-based risk index for heart failure.”
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.