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August 16, 2016
HCMS paper accepted:
"Modeling and Designing Health Care Payment Innovations for Medical Imaging" by Hui Zhang, Christian Wernz and Danny R. Hughes (Senior Director, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute) has been accepted for publication by Health Care Management Science. The pre-print version is available on Research Gate.

August 1, 2016
AHRQ R21 grant awarded:
Dr. Wernz has been awarded an R21 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) for "Evidence-based Contingency Planning for Electronic Health Record Downtime." Together with co-investigators Dr. Raj Ratwani and Dr. Terry Fairbanks of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, the research team will assess the clinical and operational implications of EHR downtime events and develop a simulation model to improve downtime procedures.

January 18, 2016
Dell research grant awarded:
Dr. Wernz has been awarded a 2-year grant from Dell Inc. for "Agent-Based Simulation for Managerial Decision-Making and Cost Reductions for SupportAssist." The objective of this research project is to develop a decision support tool that can evaluate business opportunities for Dell's service product SupportAssist.

August 11, 2015
EJDP paper accepted:
"Aligning Incentives in Health Care: A Multiscale Decision Theory Approach" by MSDM Lab student Hui Zhang, Christian Wernz and Anthony D. Slonim (CEO at Renown Health) has been accepted for publication by the EURO Journal on Decision Processes. The pre-print version is available on Research Gate.

Aug 1, 2015
NSF EAGER awarded:
Dr. Wernz has been awarded an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Advancing the Foundations of Systems Engineering through Multiscale Decision Theory." The objective of this 2-year research project is to derive fundamental insights into the system design process by mathematically modeling the effects and interdependencies of organizational structures, incentives, time, and information on system value creation.

July 23, 2015
MSDM student success: 
Corinna Zhang, Ph.D. student in the MSDM Lab, together with three other ISE PhD students received the 2015 Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society for their conference paper on "Information Diffusion through Social Networks: the Case of an Online Petition." Read more...

July 22, 2015
APM paper accepted: 
"Optimizing Maintenance Service Contracts Through Mechanism Design Theory" by MSDM Lab student Sukhwa Hong, Christian Wernz and Jeffrey D. Stillinger (Rolls-Royce) has been accepted for publication by the journal of Applied Mathematical Modelling. The pre-print version is available on ResearchGate.

June 29, 2015
Best Paper Award: 
"International study of technology investment decisions at hospitals" co-authored by Dr. Wernz, Hui Zhang (PhD student) and Dr. Kongkiti Phusavat (Kasetsart University, Thailand) received the 2015 Highly Commended Paper Award from the Industrial Management & Data Systems journal.

June 1, 2015
ISERC presentation: 
Dr. Wernz and Ph.D. student Corinna Zhang presented at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) on "Analyzing the U.S. Healthcare System Using Multiscale Decision Theory."


May 1, 2015
ACR grant renewed:  
Dr. Wernz has been awarded a second year of funding from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute (HPI) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) for "Integrating model-driven and data-driven approaches to advance healthcare payment innovations."

Nov 9-10, 2014
INFORMS presentations: 
Dr. Wernz and collaborators gave two presentations at the INFORMS annual meeting: Improving Investment Decisions at Hospitals through System Dynamics and Decision Analysis and How Reimbursements and Incentives Affect Decisions in Radiology and Accountable Care Organizations.

Oct 30, 2014
Grand rounds presentation: 
Dr. Wernz gave a seminar on "Engineering a SMART Healthcare System" at the Public Health Grant Rounds organized by the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Center for Public Health Practice and Research at Virginia Tech. A video of the 50 min talk is available as a webcast.

Oct 12, 2014
ANOR paper published:
"A Multiscale Decision Theory Analysis for Revenue Sharing in Three-Stage Supply Chains" by Andrew Henry and Christian Wernz has just been published in the Annals of Operations Research and is available online. Using multiscale decision theory (MSDT), the authors show the effect of revenue-based incentives, information sharing and contracting in a three-stage supply chain.

May 5, 2014
ACR grant awarded: 
Dr. Wernz has been awarded a grant from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute (HPI) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) for "Modeling the Effect of New Payment Structures on Radiology and Accountable Care Organizations."


April 1, 2014
MSDM student success:
Corinna Zhang, Ph.D. student in the MSDM Lab, together with four team members from Virginia Tech, won 2nd place in the 2014 Biotechnology Conference Case Competition hosted by Wake Forest University. The multidisciplinary team won the award for their proposed strategies on how a medical technology company should respond to the changing health care climate. Read more...
 

Aug 1, 2013
NSF grant awarded:
Dr. Wernz has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Designing Multi-Level Incentives for Health Care Systems." The 3-year research project is in collaboration with co-investigator Dr. Anthony Slonim, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Barnabas Health, New Jersey.

May 7, 2013
AHRQ grant awarded:
Dr. Wernz has been awarded a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) for "Analyzing and Improving Technology Investment Decisions at Hospitals." He and his students will collaborate with co-investigators Dr. Hazhir Rahmandad (VT, ISE) and Dr. Anthony Slonim (Exec. VP, Chief Medical Officer, Barnabas Health, New Jersey). Dr. Don Kleinmuntz (Founder and Executive Vice President of Strata Decision Technology, former INFORMS president) and OR/MS researchers under the leadership of Ari Caroline at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York) will also participate in this research.