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ISE Graduate Seminar Series:

 
 

 

Abigail Wooldridge

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Industrial and Systems Engineering in COVID-19 Response: Design and Development of Mobile Laboratories

 
 

Abstract: Laboratory testing – diagnostic, screening or surveillance – plays a key role in containing outbreaks of infectious diseases. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratory testing was particularly challenging – the few tests available were slow and plagued by issues in supply chains. Much work initially focused on developing novel testing processes that decreased cost, shortened turnaround time and avoided supply chain bottlenecks – one resulting diagnostic test is the covidSHIELD test. Industrial and systems engineering approaches, especially from the human factors/ergonomics (HFE) domain, can support the implementation of these tests. We present the process we used in a translational research project to deploy the covidSHIELD test in a mobile testing system that included a CLIA certified laboratory, associated information technology and collection sites. We describe the industrial and systems engineering techniques utilized as well as continuing research efforts. Our results show that HFE specifically, as well as the entire industrial and systems engineering discipline, can make important contributions to the response to emergent global health problems, such as pandemics, by rapidly designing and improving necessary systems and processes.

Bio: Abigail R. Wooldridge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, where she directs the Human Factors in Sociotechnical Systems Laboratory and focuses on human factors/ergonomics in healthcare and health-related settings. She has courtesy appointments in Computer Science, Kinesiology and Community Health, School of Information Sciences, Biomedical and Translational Sciences at Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Dr. Wooldridge received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she also worked in industry, with experience in process improvement consulting, decision support and surgical scheduling. Her work appears in Ergonomics, Applied Ergonomics, Cognition, Technology and Work, Applied Clinical Informatics, Internal and Emergency Medicine, Health Affairs, IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, BMJ Innovations and related conference proceedings. Her edited volume, Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering received the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2020 Award, and she recently was awarded the Presidential Medallion from University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen.

 
 

Friday, September 10th, 2021 - 10am to 11am US Central Time

 
 

Registration

https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOGgpjkjHteWwf8owMpue9rR5vg3wjGl