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SSH Forum on Modeling & Simulation
January 12-13, 2018 | Prior to IMSH 2018
SSH Forum on Modeling & Simulation
The SSH Forum on Modeling & Simulation will provide an innovative showcase of modeling and engineering applications designed to improve safety, quality, cost effectiveness, and efficiency in healthcare. Experts from all healthcare disciplines will show learners how to reimagine current practice through the use of unique modeling and simulation strategies.

Join us to Explore the Science and Engineering Application of M&S in Healthcare

The SSH Healthcare Systems Modeling & Simulation Affinity Group (HSMSAG) invites you to join us for two days of thought-provoking, stimulating discussion about the use of modeling and simulation in healthcare.

Who should attend?

The SSH Forum is designed for new and experienced practitioners, trainers, researchers, vendors and policy makers from healthcare and engineering communities.


Day One: Friday, January 12, 2018
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration
9:00 - 9:45 AM Opening Plenary/Keynote Speaker, “Three Reasons Why Clinicians Should Model”
By: Terry Young

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Modelling and simulation are not commonly used in designing healthcare services – yet! In this talk we will explore three reasons why clinical staff, in particular, should model.  These are that the insights yielded by modelling provided clinicians with insights into how to obtain the goals they want in the context of the service being run. Secondly, the output from models provided clinical staff with a voice when it comes to the design or improvement of services and an ability to articulate their preferences in meaningful terms to operational managers and strategic planners.  Too often, clinical staff feel the only option left open to them is to withdraw support from changes on the grounds of safety.  Finally, healthcare services rely heavily on information services and modelling provides a link for clinicians into the world of IT and communications.  The talk will be illustrated with examples.
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 10:30 AM Content Expert One:   This session will discuss the advantage of the M&S as serious strategy to improve “time to market” in healthcare innovation By: Bob Armstrong
10:30 - 11:00 AM Content Expert Two: This session will discuss M&S applications for business innovation: aerospace, oil industry, auto industry, and entertainment industry. By: Marc Horner PhD 
11:00 – 11:30 AM Content Expert Three: This session will discuss new capabilities to
study complex systems: big data, AI deep learning, VR, AR, etc. By: Louis P. Halamek MD
11:30 – 12:00 PM Content Expert Four: This session will discuss Common simulation
applications and why healthcare professionals are slow to adopt
modeling and simulation By: James Fackler, MD
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 PM Breakout Session One: Biology Modeling: Cell, Organ and Disease

Chairs: Gary An, MD
1:00 – 5:00 PM Breakout Session Two: Drugs and Devices: from Virtual to Reality

Chairs: Ellen Deutsch, MD and Samsun Lampotang, PhD

Speakers: Chris Unger PhD, Mary Kay Smith PhD, Laura Bix PhD
1:00 – 5:00 PM Breakout Session Three: Healthcare Delivery Process, Information Systems,
Hospital Operation

Chairs: Jingshan Li PhD, Sapan Desai MD, PhD
1:00 – 5:00 PM Breakout Session Four: Strategic decision making in healthcare organization

Chairs: Geoff Miller MS, Richard Severinghaus MS
1:00 – 5:00 PM Breakout Session Five:  Emerging Technologies

Chairs: Carla Pugh MD, Eric Bauman PhD, RN
5:00 – 6:30 PM M&S Forum Reception
Poster Presentation
Exhibit Hall
Day Two: January 13, 2018
8:00 – 8:45 AM Panel One:Future Directions for Simulation in Healthcare”                                   

Description: This panel will discuss future directions for simulation in healthcare:  Representatives from government agencies will discuss
current research challenges and opportunities for modeling and simulation;
medical simulator research, development and implementation in the field.

Chair: Grace Peng, PhD

Panel Speakers: Dana Anderson MD; Joe Lopreiato MD
8:45 – 9:30 AM Panel Two: “Knowledge Dissemination: Model Sharing and Outreach”

Description: This panel will discuss the nuts and bolts of model sharing
and outreach; demonstrating model credibility with reproducibility;
and, the strengths and pitfalls of model re-purposing.

Chair: Lealem Mulugeta

Panel Speakers: Dr. Robert McDougal, Dr. Pras Pathmanathan, Dr. Herbert Sauro
9:30 – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 – 10:30 AM Panel Three: Creating and enhancing interdisciplinary higher education programs; cross training.

Description: This panel will discuss education and culture change; creating
and enhancing interdisciplinary higher education programs; cross training
to foster partnership between medical/healthcare and engineering community
to build high performance system in which participating units recognize
their interdependence and the implications and repercussions of their actions
on the system as a whole to serving the patients' need.

Chair: Michael DeVita, MD

Panel Speakers: John Schaefer III, MD; Dr. Ziv Amitai; Doug Beighie
10:30 – 11:15 AM Panel Four: Partnership with FDA, NIH, CDC, NPSF/IHI, IMAG, MDIC, INCOSE ,etc.   


Chair: Chris Unger, PhD

Panel Speakers:
11:15 – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 – 12 PM Closing Plenary/Keynote Speaker

Charles D. Combs, PhD


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