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Management science Health systems

The health systems research cluster is interested in the applications of management science in healthcare organisation and delivery. Our work has close links with health economics, optimisation, operations management and demography.

We've strong links with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, the Centre for Health Policy, and several departments in Strathclyde Business School, including Economics, Human Resource Management and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Current research

The group has several ongoing projects which include:

Staff working within the area of healthcare research

Dr Fahim Ahmed is mainly interested in the application of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) within healthcare operations. His expertise are in using DES for modelling problems including patient-flows, resource allocation, and capacity constraints etc. His other area of interest is simulation conceptual modelling using structured methods. He is also involved with the DES support project for NHS Scotland with Gillian Anderson and Robert van der Meer.

Dr Kerem Akartunali is interested in various optimisation problems inherent in health systems and treatment. His previous work with Australian colleagues on radiation treatment planning has been published in 2015 in Computers & Operations Research, where he continues his work by developing more sophisticated algorithms and solution methods for more effective use in practice. More recently, Kerem also worked on staff scheduling problems in health systems, with a particular focus on nurse rostering problems, where preferences and legislation makes these problems significantly complex. Kerem is also starting in October 2017 to supervise a new PhD project with Alec Morton, where patient flow through triage will be analysed and methods will be developed to improve the efficiency of overall hospital systems.

Gillian Anderson is interested in healthcare operations and how the use of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) can inform change. She has worked with the orthopaedics department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and is currently funded by The Scottish Government to support DES improvement projects.

Professor Susan Howick is interested in using simulation models to evaluate the impact of healthcare policies and understanding how different types of models can be used to assess the impact of changes in a healthcare system at both a strategic and operational level.

Dr Itamar Megiddo is a Chancellor’s fellow, lecturer in the Management Science Department. His research interests are mainly in integrating disease and economic models to design policy and strategy (eg vaccination strategy) and spatial agent-based modelling of healthcare systems and services. He also works on the prioritisation of healthcare investments, including in the context of universal health coverage, modelling interventions to mitigate and monitor healthcare acquired infections, and methodological innovations in economic assessment of healthcare technologies. On-going projects include IndiaSim, an agent-based model of the Indian population and its utilisation of the healthcare system and odelling water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) interventions to avert healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) in maternity wards in low- and middle-income countries. 

Professor Alec Morton has expertise in a range of topics include: methodological innovations in economic assessment of healthcare technologies; health inequalities and poverty traps; technological innovation in healthcare systems; prioritisation of healthcare investments; performance measurement of healthcare systems; and thefinancial sustainability of the Scottish National Health Service. 

Dr Robert van der Meer is interested in operations and supply chain management and managerial economics. His recent research activity has mainly focused on health systems improvement and the evaluation of new technology in healthcare. In his work, he applies a range of analytical and modelling tools; including simulation modelling, cost modelling and cost-benefit analysis, statistical analysis and mathematical optimisation, depending on the nature of the problems encountered. He is also involved with the Discrete Event Simulation support project for NHS Scotland with Gillian Anderson and Fahim Ahmed.