Dr. William Rouse

Bill Rouse is a researcher, educator, author and entrepreneur. His current positions include Principal at Curis Meditor, Research Professor at McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His earlier positions include Executive Director of the university-wide Tennenbaum Institute and Chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was CEO of two innovative software companies – Enterprise Support Systems and Search Technology – and held earlier faculty positions at Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, Delft University of Technology, and Tufts University.

His expertise includes individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, as well as design of organizations and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with well over one hundred large and small enterprises in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, where he has worked with several thousand executives and senior managers. His current research focuses on understanding and managing complex public-private systems such as healthcare delivery, urban systems and defense, with emphasis on mathematical and computational modeling of these systems for the purpose of policy design and analysis.

Among many advisory roles, he has served as Chair of the Committee on Human Factors of the National Research Council, a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and a member of the DoD Senior Advisory Group on Modeling and Simulation. He has been designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council and National Academies.

Rouse received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Day 3: September 13, 2019 | Plenary Address | 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM

Systems Thinking & the US Population Health Ecosystem

William Rouse, PhD, McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Population health involves integration of health, education, and social services to keep a defined population healthy, to address health challenges holistically, and to assist with the realities of being mortal. The fragmentation of the US population health delivery system is addressed. Two contexts are considered – substance abuse and the opioid epidemic, and assistive technologies for disabled and older adults. Two overarching needs are addressed. IT-enabled capabilities are necessary to foster information sharing and care coordination. AI-based cognitive assistants are needed that understand work domains, workflows and preferences of patients, disabled and older adults, and clinicians. A systems approach to pursing such capabilities to meet these needs is outlined.



DAY 3: September 13, 2019 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM