Ongoing research

All across MIT, members of the faculty are investigating, innovating, and reinventing components of the healthcare system. Here are a few examples:

Researchers led by Dimitris Bertsimas have drawn on the medical records of more than 10,000 type 2 diabetes patients to create the first algorithm to enable clinicians to create personalized management for their patients. Their model will help physicians meet a growing treatment challenge of tailoring an individualized treatment strategy, given a widening array of drugs to treat diabetes. Such strategies, which are now formulated largely on an ad hoc basis, involve not only identifying the most effective drugs, but avoiding adverse effects.


Professors Bertsimas and Farias tackle the challenge of building an efficient point system for kidney allocation.  For more infomation, contact the authors, and read the abstract.

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This is difficult to answer because hospitals treat different patients:  expensive hospitals may have a population of patients that are not directly comparable to the patient population at other hospitals. 


Dynamic Work Design (DWD) is a strategy for improving organizational effectiveness by enhancing the fit between the intent of a process and how people actually work. It encompasses structured problem-solving, creating optimal challenge to foster improved productivity and forging effective communication links among people. The strategy has been successfully applied to a wide range of settings, including oil and gas exploration, DNA sequencing and a lung transplant clinic. Don Kieffer and Nelson Repenning, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, developed DWD.

Dynamic Work Design Aids Patient Flow at Yale New Haven Hospital

Are hospital systems willing to share their data with other systems?  Professor Tucker explores the motivations to share health data and implications for policy and health outcomes.  

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Professor Levi and his students are taking a systems-thinking, multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare challenges. How can different perspectives lead to better quality care?