Understanding the impact of variation on healthcare systems
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
The variation associated with demand and supply of services strongly contributes to operating difficulties in healthcare. Understanding variability helps healthcare providers to more accurately model and address opportunities for improvement. This study uses discrete event simulation to investigate what consequences that alteration in patient inflow, available resources, treatment times and duration of activities at an emergency department and inpatient department has on bed occupancy and length of stay. It is concluded that the variables are intimately related and that the departments are sensitive to changes due to a considerable variation in patient inflow and treatment times.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Healthcare, Simulation, Variation
Transport Systems and Logistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111586DiVA: diva2:758327
The 4th Production and Operations Management World Conference, July 2-4, Amsterdam, the Netherlands