Nadia Lahrichi

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Nadia Lahrichi
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal

“The goal of our research on optimization within the health care system, using mathematical models, is to guarantee access quality care within a reasonable timeframe. The three key components studied are: 1) the patient, whose goal is not to wait; 2) the staff, whose availability and expertise must be managed; and 3) the physical resources, such as medical or diagnostic equipment.

Aligning these three components is a complex problem that often needs to be simplified, or else, solved one issue at a time. For instance, if we look at managing the operating area, it is important to allocate blocks of operating room time to different surgical specialties, to identify the surgeons who will be on duty and the patients to be operated on based according to the highest need and priority, to draw up a schedule for the nurses by specialty to cover each operating room, and finally, to determine the number of available beds. The mathematical models and problem-solving techniques now make it possible to find an effective solution for each issue separately.

Our current research is aimed at developing reliable methods that allow us to combine all these elements. Trained teams of students and multidisciplinary researchers are working to accomplish this goal.”

Nadia Lahrichi is part of the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) with more than 560 graduate students and 90 research professors from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal. IVADO is helping propel Montreal to a world leadership position in Big Data.

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