Associate Professor of Management
The longstanding nurse shortage has risen to the level of a global health crisis, with the U.S. projected to face a deficit of half a million nurses by 2025, according to Pengyi Shi, an associate professor at Purdue's Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. Combined with spikes in demand, the accelerating shortage has prompted hospitals and health systems to explore innovative solutions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put immense stress on hospitals around the country, many of them struggling to provide enough beds to accommodate the surge in patients. To create room for all these new patients, hospitals have been forced to discharge existing patients earlier than expected. Sending them home early alleviates overcrowding and reduces costs, but it may put their health at risk, increasing the chances that they'll be back in hospital beds within a few weeks.
Professor Pengyi Shi on using data analytics to reduce hospital readmissions and congestion