Upcoming events

AI, BIG DATA, AND ANALYTICS: Current Landscape & Future Outlook

McKinsey's Global Institute foresaw in 2011 that big data analysis would become a crucial competitive factor for firms, driving productivity, innovation, and consumer benefit. Today, over 85% of Fortune 1000 companies are engaged in or planning big data initiatives, primarily to enhance decision-making. However, implementing big data management and analytics poses challenges due to the complexity of tools and skills required. Many companies still rely on traditional methods, limiting the impact of data analytics. To achieve significant results, there's a need for more effective backend tools and greater emphasis on data-driven processes.

Additionally, this talk will discuss findings from collaborations with Henry Ford Health System and the Children's Hospital of Michigan. The former examines the benefits of "early task initiation" using near real-time operational intelligence in hospitals, demonstrating the effectiveness of proactive bed reservation signals in reducing emergency department patient boarding. The latter explores how AI can aid radiologists in interpreting MRIs for neonates.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of big data for improving decision making
  • Understand the different types of analytics and their applications
  • Understand the reasons for growth in machine learning and AI
  • Understand the benefits for big data and analytics in healthcare through case studies 

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. 

Location: ZOOM

Guest Speaker:

Ratna Babu Chinnam, Ph.D., is an expert in AI, Big Data & Business Analytics and is a Professor and Chair of the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University. He is the author of over 150 technical publications (journal articles, conference proceedings, and research reports). His research interests include business analytics, big data, operations management, supply chain management, sustainability, healthcare, and smart engineering systems. He is currently the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, the International Journal of Quality, Statistics, and Reliability, and the North American Editor for the Journal of Remanufacturing. His past research is funded by the U.S. NSF, DoT, DoD, DoEd, and VA. He carried out collaborative research with such multi-national companies as Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Intel, Goodyear, and consulted for such companies as Chrysler, Sirius Satellite Radio, Energy Conversion Devices, Dominos, CapGemini, Faurecia, Whirlpool, Steelcase, MRF Tyres, Magna International, DataFactZ, and Tecton.

 

Human Trafficking: Working Together for Better Identification and Prevention

Human trafficking has been increasingly recognized worldwide as a major public health problem. It is a crime based on exploitation of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals of any community and is a violation of human rights. Children are especially at risk of victimization and may experience considerable physical and mental health consequences. Adding these problems to pre-existing vulnerabilities and adversities makes human trafficking a complex health issue that needs to be addressed by a multidisciplinary team including health care providers. We all have a responsibility to  work together to prevent, suspect and report suspected trafficking and offer services as appropriate.

Learners will be able to implement a trauma-informed, rights-based approach to the initial medical evaluation and discuss ways in which health professionals may contribute to a multidisciplinary response to human trafficking. They will be better educated on different aspects of human trafficking and will be able to prevent, identify, and obtain resources for victims.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the various types and venues of human trafficking in Michigan and the United States.
  • Identify potential victims of human trafficking within healthcare settings.
  • Recognize warning signs of human trafficking in both adult and minor patients.
  • Learn about available resources for reporting suspected cases involving minors.
  • Dispel myths, unlearn and relearn together to deepen our understanding of this crucial topic.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. 

Location: ZOOM

Guest Speaker:

Dena Nazer, MD

Dr. Nazer is professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director at Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Detroit, where she performs medical evaluations for children suspected of being maltreated and victims of human trafficking. Dr. Nazer serves on the Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) executive committee. She is also the course director for the WE AIM faculty development program at the school of medicine.

Dr. Nazer completed her pediatric residency, served as a chief resident, and completed her fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Nazer was the medical director of the child protection team at Children’s Hospital of Michigan for 11 years before transitioning her work to the advocacy center.

Dr. Nazer is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Nazer was recently appointed by Governor Gretchen as the chair of the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board and is serving her 2nd term on the board. She actively teaches health care professionals nationally and internationally on the topic of child maltreatment and human trafficking.