Asia School of Business MBA students identify AI and data-driven solutions to drive sustainable hospital policies and address future public health threats


Innovative hacks proposed during ASB’s experimental program include using AI and data to predict climate-driven patient waves, simulating the impact of new projects/policies, and more

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On February 9, a cohort of 59 MBA students from the Asia School of Business (ASB), a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Malaysias Central Bank (Bank Negara Malaysia), participated in an innovative hackathon focused on climate change and healthcare Dubai, UAE to develop solutions to real problems faced by the healthcare industry. The event was co-organized with VPS Healthcare, one of the leading integrated healthcare providers in the UAE region with 24 operating hospitals and over 125 healthcare centers.

Students from the Asia School of Business (ASB) brainstorm during the five-hour hackathon in Dubai.

the half a day Hackathon saw students propose several innovative “hacks” to identify and propose sustainable solutions for mission-driven healthcare groups like VPS Healthcare.

Aiming to impact the health of patients and the communities they live in, students identified solutions that included AI-based predictive analytics that combined patient data with meteorological data and other historical data to inform capacity planning. Another solution focused on a real-time carbon tracking dashboard that used sourcing and planning data to simulate the impact of a new project or policy.

As part of ASB’s immersive and application-oriented MBA experience, students learned about Dubai’s Healthcare industry by applying problem-solving approaches and frameworks acquired during their MBA to address a pressing real-world challenge facing healthcare groups around the world – climate change.

In fulfilling its healing mission, the healthcare sector must address challenges that will become increasingly difficult to ignore, including increases in deaths and injuries from extreme weather events and increases in chronic health conditions such as asthma, infectious diseases and mental illness.

“The partnership between VPS Healthcare and the Asia School of Business represents our commitment to address what experts are calling one of the greatest public health threats of our time,” said Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Founder and Chairman of VPS Healthcare. “We believe that collective efforts are needed globally to mitigate and address the climate risks we face today.”

Students developed and presented solutions for how VPS Healthcare can incorporate climate-related assessments into healthcare decision-making and healthcare policies to meet patient needs today and in the future.

The students from 19 different countries had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the city Dubai within a week Dubai Walking tour that included visiting Dubai World Expo and interacting with corporate partners to understand how Dubai has transitioned from its dependence on oil, which used to account for 50 percent of GDP, to a global trade and tourism destination, with over 95 percent of GDP coming from non-oil industries, including health and medical tourism.

“As an industry leader in a region rapidly rising to global prominence, VPS Healthcare aims to be at the forefront of finding solutions to climate change challenges and believes the solutions presented by the students will help us formulate climate change – driven practices and incorporate them into policies with a sense of urgency, added dr Added Vayalil.

“We are very grateful to be able to work with a world-class company like VPS Healthcare to address such an important challenge and provide our students with a rich, international learning experience, especially during these volatile times of the pandemic. We look forward to continuing our partnership with VPS Healthcare. We are committed to expanding ASB’s presence in the United States middle East and expanding our influence into other parts of emerging markets,” said Dr. Sean O FergusonSenior Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business.

“Furthermore, this experience empowers our students with the experience of designing similar solutions in their respective home countries, especially at our home base South East Asia. Global, immersive learning experiences are a critical component of what makes our MBA experience so distinctive, with a curriculum that combines five action learning projects in real-world companies, international travel (including to countries like the UAE and China in previous years) and a month-long residency at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, ‎Massachusetts‎,” added Dr. Ferguson added.

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SOURCE Asia School of Business


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