College sophomore’s passion for healthcare is spreading across the globe

Rachel Hollar
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College sophomore’s passion for healthcare is spreading across the globe

It’s not often an undergrad student—just entering his sophomore year—is presenting in-depth research at a national industry conference. At North Carolina State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department (NC State ISE), sophomore Nishant Singh has helped develop a way to map a patient’s treatment footprint per dollar to identify efficient and effective strategies to increase patient access with minimal cost.

Hospitals offer the most advanced technologies to help ensure patients receive the best healthcare possible, but it comes at a hefty cost. Radiation oncology in particular comes with a big-ticket price (one piece of equipment can be more than $4mm), however the costs vary greatly between care providers. The cost differences may imply treatment of cancer patients depends on resources, along with patient access.

Nishant is researching the relationship between resource allocation and patient access in order to help hospitals run more efficiently while increasing the number of patients they can treat. For example, does the number of patients treated change if additional personnel is staffed, or if the hospital invests in specific equipment?

In addition, as a high school student Nishant helped launch the Raleigh/Durham action center for the North Carolina Child Rights & You chapter and continues to lead the chapter’s efforts. This organization helps children around the globe—particularly in India—ensure they have access to basic rights such as healthcare, education, food and shelter. Within the last couple of years, he’s helped raise $25,000 for the organization.

About NC State ISE:

NC State University’s Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is among the top ranked programs in the country. The department brings together industry professionals and academic leaders across innovative and cutting edge curriculum and technology development, including regenerative medicine, health systems and 3D printing.

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