Jameson Receives Raiffa Award

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Jacob Jameson, first-year student in the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy, has received the 2022 Howard Raiffa Fund award.

The Howard Raiffa Fund was established in 1996 at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis through the generosity of many donors wishing to honor Howard Raiffa, one of the true ‘founding fathers’ of decision science. Administered by CHDS, the Fund supports the training of scholars pursuing doctoral studies in decision and risk analysis and grants awards annually. Following Raiffa’s model of engaged mentorship, awardees work closely with CHDS faculty in planning and implementing projects of their own design.

Jameson’s project will develop both a theoretical and empirical model for assessing emergency department testing strategies given variation in patient complexity, physician experience, and queue length. The goal is to create a framework for optimal testing strategies that can be implemented in the emergency department to reduce patient length of stay and re-admission. His work will be in collaboration with The Mayo Clinic and Public Impact Analytics Science (PIAS) Lab. The project will be augmented by an educational component in which Jameson and coauthors will create a teaching case to convey the most important aspects of the model, testing strategies, and decision-making framework. Jameson will be supervised by CHDS faculty Soroush Saghafian.

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