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The 11th Annual Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference Reached New Heights in Kigali, Rwanda!
The 2019 conference in Kigali, Rwanda, focused broadly on “resilience,” i.e., the ability to meet basic needs without reliance on external assistance, through supply chain practices, policy and collaboration, funding/development, and capacity building. Since its inception 11 years ago, the conference hosted participants from 80 countries around the world, with over 200 attendees this year from 30+ countries and 100+ organizations, including world leaders in the health and humanitarian sectors, current and former ministers of health, representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations, industry, foundations, and academia. The agenda featured a Keynote Panel with highly esteemed representatives from the Ministries of Health in Rwanda, Liberia, and Somalia providing a broad perspective on some of the priority areas, challenges, and successful initiatives. READ MORE 

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Welcome to New CHHS Research Director Dima Nazzal

CHHS welcomes Dr. Dima Nazzal the Research Director of Healthcare Operations. Dr. Nazzal is the Director of Professional Practice in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering where she is responsible for project-based learning. Her research focuses on modeling, design, and control of discrete event logistics systems. CHHS is looking forward to expanding its reach and impact with the synergistic activities and participation of Dr. Nazzal.


National Academies Committee Focusing on Resilient Supply Chains

Pinar Keskinocak, William W. George Chair and Professor and the Director of Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech, together with Ozlem Ergun, Professor at Northeastern University (former CHHS co-Director) have served on the National Academies Committee for Building Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chains after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

The committee’s study will capture key lessons and observations around supply and distribution networks during hurricane events and make recommendations to build robust supply chains, distribution systems, and infrastructure. Read More 


The Atlanta Global Health Initiative

CHHS Director Professor Pinar Keskinocak continues to participate in the Global Health ATL initiative, which was kick-stared during Georgia Global Health Alliance visioning session last summer, with goal of positioning Atlanta as a "center for global health”. SEE VIDEO 


CHHS Research Director Turgay Ayer Wins Awards

CHHS research director for business intelligence and healthcare analytics, Professor Turgay Ayer and his colleagues (comprised of past Ph.D. student Can Zhang, and Professors Atalay Atasu and Beril Toktay) won the 2019 M&SOM Responsible Research Award, for their paper “Truthful Mechanisms for Medical Surplus Product Allocation." The Award highlights studies that produce both credible and societally useful knowledge.

In addition, a second paper led by his Ph.D. student, Zhaowei She, “Can Big Data Cure Risk Selection in Healthcare Capitation Programs?” was selected as one of the finalist for the 2019 MSOM Student Paper Competition. In that paper, the research group shows that even if big data and perfect information become available and analyzable with advanced machine learning algorithms, health insurance plans will still have incentives to strategically cherry pick patients under current incentive mechanisms.The winner will be announced at the Annual INFORMS Conference.


November 12, 2019

Health Systems- Next Generation

Please join us at this year’s forum which will take place at Georgia Tech in conjunction with a documentary co-hosted by France Atlanta Register Now to Attend!  

May 11-16, 2020 
Professional Education Program

Accepting Applications- 2020 Class Impact the organization and constituents you serve! If you are interested in joining the next cohort click below to learn more. We offer a limited number of scholarships each year and are now accepting applications. Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate Program. 

December 4-6, 2019
2019 Kaleidoscope Conference

For the first time, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations is convening its international academic conference in the United States. Hosted by The Georgia Institute of Technology, CHHS is proud to be among the 2019 Co-Organizers.


Celebrating Accomplishments of CHHS Student Affiliates 

Ph.D. student Akane Fujimoto and Ana Maria Estrada Gomez shared their research at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo. Akane presented a decision support tool for patients in the prenatal space. Ana Maria presented her work on estimation waiting times for patients on the liver transplant waiting list. This research was supported by Mason Trust Foundation and Arnold Foundation.

Ph.D. student Amanda Chu has worked on a collaborative project with Denver Public School systems (DPS) to improve DPS school bus and scheduling. The success of this project has since been shared through various news outlets and now has been honored as a finalist for the Wagner Prize at INFORMS! Congrats Amanda! Article 1 / Article 2  

Ph.D. student Kirthana Hampapur presented a demo of a decision-support tool for organ transplant physicians and patients at the Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPAT) Innovation DayFor thousands of patients on the transplant waitlist, there is a growing gap between the number of patients waiting and donor organs available. At the same time, many deceased donor organs viable for transplant are discarded due to risk of infection. 

A team of faculty and students at Georgia Tech developed several machine learning models and embedded them into a decision-support tool to help patients and physicians evaluate their options of remaining on the waitlist versus undergoing transplant with a particular donor organ. This research was supported by Mason Trust Foundation and Arnold Foundation. Following her successful demo, Kirthana was awarded the 2019 David Cowan Scholarship through GA HIMSS for her research in and commitment to health IT.


25th Annual Multicriteria Decision Making Conference

The 25th annual Multi-criteria Decision Making (MCDM) conference took place in Istanbul June 16-19th. CHHS Director Professor Pinar Keskinocak delivered a plenary presentation on "Quantitative models for decision-support in healthcare applications," including organ transplant, vaccination, screening, and workforce allocation. 

Most health systems face multiple objectives and limited resources while striving to provide high quality care and promote health and well-being. Her presentation highlighted how data-driven quantitative models, embedded into decision-support systems, can improve patient and population outcomes, efficiency, and effectiveness in healthcare.


Seminar: Timing it Right: Balancing Inpatient Congestion versus Readmission Risk at Discharge 

Speaker: Pengyi Shi Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 1:30 pm -2:30 pm

Location: ISyE Groseclose Room 402 Website: LINK


Professor Dhongde Received Recognition at the GT Diversity Symposium 

Congratulations to Dr. Shatakshee Dhongde, Associate Professor at the School of Economics, who was recognized as Face of Inclusive Excellence at Georgia Tech's 11th Annual GT Diversity Symposium. Faces of Inclusive Excellence is an annual publication which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in professional endeavors related to their research, teaching, leadership, and/or public service activities at Georgia Tech. Dr. Dhongde was recognized for receiving the 2019 Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award for extensive research on poverty and multidimensional deprivation in the United States. More information on the Faces of Inclusive Excellence can be found at:   


Experimenting and Exposing Career Opportunities in Healthcare! 

Faculty in the Colleges of Engineering, Business, and Liberal Arts are working together to expose undergraduate students to career opportunities in healthcare. Students will have an opportunity to look at healthcare through the lenses of Management, Policy, and Health Systems Engineering in three one-hour courses arranged sequentially throughout the fall semester. The idea for these mini-mester courses originated from both SGA and the Commission for the Next in Education to provide students with more curriculum flexibility.


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