THE Awards 2015 Winner - Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology
27 November 2015
Times Higher Education Awards 2015
A project undertaken at the School of Mathematics, entitled ‘Maths Saves Lives’, has picked up a Times Higher Education award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology’.
The project involved the development of new mathematical models to unravel the complex reasons behind delays on hospital wards in order to cut waiting times and ultimately save lives. The mathematical models have helped to cut stroke mortality rates by 60 per cent at a hospital in London, and have provided net efficiency gains of £1.6m at the University Hospital of Wales.
In the past, hospital managers have used simple waiting lists and the number of referrals to assess demand. But the Cardiff model factors in the urgency and specific needs of each patient, which allows hospitals to give them better provision. Such mathematical modelling has never been used before in the UK healthcare system.