Individualized Health Decisions; A Biostatistics Call to Arms
Scott Zeger, PhD - Professor of Biostatistics and Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine
The University of Michigan Department of Biostatistics presents the 2018 Rod Little Lectureship awarded to Scott Zeger, Ph.D. Light refreshments for seminar guests will be served at 3:10 p.m. Award presentation by Rod Little at the conclusion of lecture.
Abstract: Last year, the American healthcare system wasted ~$1 trillion or 6% of GDP. The median U.S. male has experienced a cumulative 6% decrease in real wages over the past 40 years substantially because increases in employee costs have gone into healthcare, not his pocket. Today’s political climate is one result. Schools of Public Health can partner with their affiliated healthcare systems to discover, test, and disseminate real solutions to the current existential healthcare problem. Their departments of biostatistics (or new departments of data science) can build coherent tools so that healthcare systems continuously learn to improve health at reduced costs and so that every healthcare decision is made fully informed by the its relevant evidence, thereby reducing the enormous waste. This talk will present one statistical approach to learning and decision making that builds on the seminal work on Bayesian models for longitudinal data by Rod Little and his colleagues. To become part of the healthcare solution, biostatisticians must work on imperfect solutions to real problems. The talk will illustrate the issues and opportunities with recent examples from Johns Hopkins Public Health and Medicine.