Applications of Operations Research and Intelligent Techniques in the Health Systems. A Bibliometric Analysis

Invited abstract in session TA-38: Health Care Management 1, stream Health Care Management.

Area: OR in Health, Life Sciences and Sports

Tuesday, 8:30-10:00
Room: Building BM, 1st floor, Room 109M

Authors (first author is the speaker)

1. Marek Lubicz
Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Technology


Operations research and quantitative methods, including the ones based on artificial or computational intelligence, have been applied in health care for decades. Looking at areas of applications as well as evolution of techniques one can notice trends, emerging problem areas, and also international disparities in the application-oriented research. In particular, despite huge advancements in applied health operational research published in major scientific journals, papers demonstrating modelling approaches applied for Eastern European health care systems are very rare. One could argue that substantial progress in applied research could possibly reflect general status of processes in a health care system. This paper explores this idea by means of analysis of the research results presented in the period 1985-2015 at annual conferences of the EURO Working Group Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) and confrontation of trends in broad-European ORAHS research with those published by Polish authors. The technical background for this research is a bibliometric analysis based on SciMat – a Science Mapping Analysis software Tool, developed at the University of Granada. Conclusions concerning relationships between distinctive features of the health systems versus the needs and the capabilities for quantitative support of health care decision making are also discussed.


Status: accepted

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