EMOL Health, in conjunction with University of South Florida (USF), is presenting at the INFORMS 2011 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ludwig Kuznia, a PhD candidate from USF, will be presenting research findings on using technology and clinical information for creating models to determine optimal treatment decisions.

Abstract: Palliative chemotherapy is given without curative intent and aims to increase life expectancy and quality of life. This is a long term, multi-period decision process. In this work, Markov Decision Processes modeling is use to define the optimal treatment strategy. To determine the patient state space as well as state transition probabilities data were obtained from a large oncology practice in the mid-west.

The INFORMS conference will run from November 13-16, 2011.