Simulation-based patient flow analysis in an endoscopy unit

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One of the major elements in improving efficiency of healthcare services is patient flow. Patients require a variety of healthcare resources as they receive healthcare services. Poor management of patient flow results in long waiting time of patients, under/over utilization of medical resources, low quality of care and high healthcare cost. This article addresses patient flow problems at a Gastrointestinal endoscopy unit. We attempt to analyze the main factors that contribute to the inefficient patient flow and process bottlenecks and to propose efficient patient scheduling and staff allocation alternatives to increase the system efficiency. Simulation models are used to examine various healthcare operational strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Workshop on Health Care Management, WHCM 2010
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE Press
Publication date2010
ISBN (print)978-1-4244-4997-2
ISBN (electronic)978-1-4244-4998-9


Conference2010 IEEE Workshop on Health Care Management, WHCM 2010

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