You probably associate mathematics with fusty lessons, fustier teachers and more brainteasers than a Sudoku puzzle. But algorithms are more practical than abstract lessons in secondary school would have you believe – and they’re even improving the preciseness of your medical care.
Funding has been awarded to the EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare to bring together mathematicians with researchers in computing, medicine and engineering. This is part of a £2 million deal to inform clinical decisions and health campaigns for the health of people in the UK.
Number crunching hospitals
Leading the project is Professor Mauricio Barahona, who said, “We are essentially trying to bring new mathematical tools to tame data sets of relevance in healthcare.
“Although there is a huge amount of data out there, and an increasing array of computational methods, there is a need to bring new mathematical ideas to the analysis of such problems.”
The eventual aim of the project is to turn intimidating facts and figures into something that can be accessed by everyone from junior nurses to senior doctors, improving healthcare via the precise implementation of this information.
We look forward to seeing the result – not least because it could help medical professionals calculate the exact amount of waste they use.
With an increase in knowledge comes even more effective ways to dispose of sharps, medical wipes and biohazardous chemicals.
We’ve always provided ourselves on the exact nature of our healthcare waste disposal – and we welcome any study that could make our service even more effective.