Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
March 16, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 06

In this issue

1) How can data-based decision support facilitate digital transformation of Healthcare?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How can data-based decision support facilitate digital transformation of Healthcare?

Daniel J. Power
and Ciara Heavin

Disentangling the Gordian Knot associated with Digital Transformation of Healthcare remains challenging and seemingly intractable. Healthcare organizations seem to be lagging behind digital transformation first mover organizations, but recent increases in expenditures for digital technologies in healthcare organizations is changing how services are provided in many countries. Information technologists and systems designers have offered some creative ideas related to personal health records (PHR) and electronic health records (EHR), to healthcare analytics, and to decision support and artificial intelligence, but healthcare is yet to be transformed. Rather IT professionals and healthcare managers have been digitizing existing healthcare processes, i.e., "paving the cow paths". This approach is inadequate. Digital transformation requires 1) a reexamination of processes in terms of need, efficiency, and effectiveness, 2) a data-based decision making perspective and culture, 3) a "smarter", "better" set of integrated information technologies, and 4) education and training for key stakeholders, i.e. healthcare professionals, patients, and administrators.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

03/14/2019 Artificial intelligence helps to overcome many of the biases in hiring, but doesn't replace the human factor. Check release.

03/12/2019 AI confronts unconscious bias with Eskalera during International Women's Month. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Conference: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check

2. Predictive Analytics World, MEGA-PAW Las Vegas, June 16-20. The premier machine learning conference. Check

3. 30th European Conference on Operational Research, June 23-26, Dublin, Ireland. Check

4. Call For Papers: 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019, Full Paper Deadline: May 15, 2019. Check release.

5. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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Power & Heavin (2018) argue "Digital disruption is accelerating. Implementing a successful digital transformation strategy requires that senior managers make trade-off decisions to reinvent a business. Equally important all decision makers must learn to ask the right questions, use data and computer support in decision making, and increase their knowledge and skills. Creating a data-centric culture and rewarding data-based decision making leads to successful digital transformation."


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