Bone Marrow Transplant Services
Each year the VCU Massey Canter Center treats approximately 150 – 190 patients with Bone Marrow Transplant Procedures (BMT). The BMT service is a heavy user of clinical resources and requires significant planning in coordinating with Pathology, Radiology, Pulmonary Function, Apheresis/Blood Bank, Bone Marrow Biopsies, and Nursing services. Acquisition and analysis of historical data from different data “pools” can provide improvements in patient care, planning of resource loads. There is a significant need to develop an analysis and predictive platform to improve processes for inpatient and outpatient bone marrow transplant care, service scheduling, reducing end-to-end treatment expenses, AND improved efficiency of clinical staffing and supply logistics.
The BMT service performs two types of transplant procedures. 1) Autologous (patient is own donor) transplants have a specific usually short time "kinetics" from first consultation, to the inpatient transplant procedure, then post-transplant outpatient follow-up. 2) Allogeneic procedures (donor marrow from another individual) involve more time from the first physician consultation to transplantation, the inpatient hospital stay is longer, and the post-transplant clinic follow-up visits extend for many months.
Projects will include:
- Learn about treatment pathways processes and flow of data recording. Flow chart processes for analysis.
- Identify historical information from fragmented data pools and develop methods for consolidation for analysis of trends, resource requirements and outcomes.
- Develop predictive models for future demand loading and required staffing and resources.
- Integrate UX/UI human factors principles into understanding and output to address efficiencies and effectiveness in use of data and predictive information.
Interested? Contact Prof. Franklin Bost (email@example.com)