The Sixth Annual Robert H. Smith School of Business and IBM Business Analytics Workshop “Leveraging the Power of Analytics for Behavioral Health”

Time: 
November 17, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Contact Info: 
Office of Smith Programs
Location: 
College Park
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Please join us for the Sixth Annual Smith School and IBM Business Analytics Workshop, “Leveraging the Power of Analytics for Behavioral Health,” on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. The workshop brings together thought leaders from the University of Maryland, IBM and the federal government to provide perspectives on the application of advanced analytics to behavioral healthcare challenges.

Behavioral healthcare challenges in the U.S. have increased dramatically to the point of reaching what some have characterized as a state of crisis. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that approximately one in every five adults in the U.S. – 48.5 million – experiences some form of mental illness in a given year. In the past decade, addiction to opioids has assumed center stage in policy discussions. Substance abuse is ravaging many communities and suicide rates have seen a dramatic rise. Yet, the resources dedicated to behavioral health have lagged those devoted to other types of health conditions.

This situation suggests a strong need for an evidence-based approach to making decisions that can exploit the power of information technologies and analytics to more effectively address behavioral health in the U.S.

The presentations will analyze relevant behavioral healthcare data, identify problem areas and shortcomings, and also present solutions where analytics and cognitive computing can be integrated with aggregated multi-sourced data to deliver improved healthcare.

The keynote speaker is Ira Katz, senior consultant for Mental Health Program Evaluation at the Department of Veterans Affairs and professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent work involves suicide risks, prevalence and mortality in the U.S. veteran population.

A panel discussion will seek to identify synergies across the various perspectives provided by the presentations.

Registration is complimentary through the generous support of IBM and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Visit www.rhsmith.umd.edu/AnalyticsWorkshop for more information and registration.