August 1, 2019

Groundbreaking Research Predicts Seizures, Saves Millions of Dollars

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New research among INFORMS members is saving hospitals big bucks. In the last year, a new module to predict and prevent seizures in brain injury patients saved more than $7 million and doubled the number of patients being treated.

The research was done at two hospitals: Massachusetts General and the University of Wisconsin. It offers continuous monitoring for patients with brain injuries to prevent a second injury caused by seizures. This is the first of its kind method to be able to achieve this and track electrical activity in the human brain.

Cynthia Rudin, professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering and statistical science at Duke University’s Prediction Analysis Lab and Dr. Aaron Struck, a neurologist with the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin were members of a multi-university research.

They received with the 2019 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, presented earlier this year at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference.

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