2021 December

In this edition of Inside OR, Elise Del Rosario speaks to WORAN about what it means to be a 'Filipina as an OR professional' and how the culture of the Philippines impacts this. We also explore sports forecasting with FiveThirtyEight, Cybergeddon in healthcare with Dr Emilia Grass and disability matters with Rob Solly.

Why disability matters to us all

Disabilities affect more of us than most people realise. In fact, more than one in five of us (22%) has a disability (including 19% of working-age adults and 46% of state pension-age adults). According to Disability Sport, most people think of disability as a physical impairment, but the legal definition includes any type of impairment with ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effects on normal daily activities.

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Cybergeddon in healthcare

With this digital evolution comes a wealth of opportunities to improve the health and care of patients, and to prevent, cure and manage illness. Over the past century, health system leaders have progressed toward these goals, aided by significant advances in science and technology: new vaccines, medicines and surgical techniques; technologies, such as telehealthcare, which can dramatically improve access, and analytics to better measure the costs and variations of care provision.

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Great women in maths

Mary Menzel (married name Mary Tsingou) was born 14 October 1928. She is an American physicist and mathematician who was one of the first programmers on the MANIAC computer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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