Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Medical practice and health care management

  • Yasar A. Ozcan
  • Hacer Ozgen
  • Charles D. Flagle
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_609


The techniques of operations research have found their way into health care management, not just in the logistical and managerial support of clinical services, but in the central decision processes of disease screening, diagnosis and therapy, and in medical education. Hundreds of citations to operations research and its associated analytical techniques are to be found in the medical literature and are accessible in the U.S. National Library of Medicine's on-line MEDLARS system. The early applications spawned new professional organizations and journals, now thriving in the medical arena. Many operations research applications are indexed to the near synonymous term, “Medical Informatics,” the application of computers and communications technology to the broad field of health care. To understand the position of operations research in the medical literature, a simple rule helps: medical informatics relates to medicine and health care as operations research relates to the work...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasar A. Ozcan
    • 1
  • Hacer Ozgen
    • 1
  • Charles D. Flagle
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.The Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA