This study proposes a multidisciplinary investigation that aims to formulate an optimization model which minimizes geographic disparity in liver allocation. The model formulation, which is based on flexible manufacturing systems, offers potentially greater resilience to changes in organ donation rates and patient waitlist rates over time by “linking” geographic regions. Moreover, the model formulation bears enough resemblance to current reforms to warrant a realistic implementation in practice. Additionally, this study aims to validate the model’s performance in a more realistic simulation environment and disseminate the results to policymakers in transplantation.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/16 → 8/31/17|
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1R36HS024840-01)