ESD Industry Leaders Seminar with Dr Kelvin Bryan Tan

31 Mar 2015 5.30pm to 7.00pm SUTD, 8 Somapah Road, LT 5 (BLDG 2, Level 5)


Many challenges in healthcare delivery benefit from the application fo operations research (OR) and management science skills and techniques. These challenges will be increasingly difficult as our society ages. This talk highlights some of the key areas where operations research practitioners are contributing to efforts to improve healthcare delivery and medical decision making.

Highlights of the talk:

  • Use of OR in service planning and capacity sizing.

  • Analysis of short and medium term utilisation to better understand patient demand as a function of aging.

  • Development of appointment scheduling to balance of clinicians' overtime, patient wait time, no show rate, variation of consult duration and lateness of arrival.

  • Development of medical decision models to help physicians and patients make better choices

  • Building of simulation models for infectious disease modelling

About the speaker

Dr Kelvin Bryan Tan is currently Director of Policy, Research and Economics Office and is responsible for driving research efforts within the Ministry of Health. He started his career in the Ministry of Health in 2000 where he was subsequently in charge of Medisave, MediShield and Medifun policy. He subsequently spent stints as the General Manager of Central Singapore Community Development Council staffing the Mayor of the Central Singapore district, as well as at the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he was in charge of strategic planning, R&D and Small Medium Enterprise policy

Dr Tan graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and subsequently obtained his MSE and PhD in the Department of Management Science from Stanford University. His research interests are in the area of health economics, health insurance design and cost effectiveness modelling.