Prof. Dimitrios Andritsos awarded for his article on performance in the healthcare system

August 27th, 2014

Professor Dimitrios Andritsos, assistant professor of operations management and information technology at HEC Paris and Professor Chris Tang from UCLA Anderson received the Best Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare, organized by the National University of Singapore (Centre for Health Informatics.) Their paper, “Linking Process Quality and Resource Usage: An Empirical Analysis,” is expected to be published in the Production and Operations Management Journal  (POM) in the near future.

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More and more governments are tightening the purse strings and have begun linking the reimbursement of healthcare services to performance, as measured by hospitals' adherence to medical guidelines. But does this improve efficiency? The awarded paper conducted as an empirical study of treatment of cardiac conditions reveals the true impact of process-quality programs.

“We started this paper as an opportunity to explore and learn more about the wide array of different health care databases that were routinely used in the medical literature, but less so in the operations management literature,” says Andritsos. “Our topic emerged as a natural link between the two.”

“We examined the effect of stricter adherence to medical guidelines on the level of resources that a patient uses during hospitalization. The Affordable Care Act (part of US Medicare) has made hospitals accountable for the quality of care they provide and therefore this question is interesting both from a policy maker’s and a hospital manager’s point of view. “ explains Andritsos.

Dimitrios Andritsos joined HEC Paris in 2011. He originally studied materials science and engineering in Athens, then went to the United States for an M.Sc. in industrial engineering at Purdue University in 2004, followed by a master’s in supply chain management at MIT in 2006. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management from UCLA's Anderson School in 2011. His research areas are healthcare operations, health policy and service operations

Read Knowledge@HEC  article presenting the outcomes of the paper: Does process quality really curb the cost of healthcare?

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