IE team awarded $3.31 million contract
The National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) has executed the contract for the Real Time Decision Support System for Health Care and Public Health Sector Protection Project. This project will be led by Dr. Sunderesh Heragu with the University of Louisville.
Dr. Heragu has formed a project team comprising experts in logistics, operations research, health care delivery, and emergency response. This team will develop a real time decision support system to meet the needs of the HPH sector. This work will start with development of a systems requirements document to guide the development. Then methods of secure information exchange for medical surge capacity management will be developed. Finally, the team will work with medical care providers to evaluate the impact of the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as outlined by CDC, OSHA, and IOM, on the ability of the healthcare workforce to comply and thereby protect themselves.
"We are thrilled to be able to apply the analytical and simulation modeling expertise as well as public health modeling expertise available at the Logistics and Distribution Institute, in the Industrial Engineering department at the Speed School and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville to solve important healthcare logistics problems, especially those that arise in the aftermath of a pandemic attack. " --Dr. Heragu