Analysis of Clinic Layouts and Patient-Centered Procedural Innovations using Discrete-Event Simulation
Given that healthcare costs in the U.S. continue to climb, engineering managers can help address this situation by identifying designs for cost savings. Using discrete-event simulation, the layout of four different healthcare clinic scenarios considered in a redesign program named Patient Aligned Care Teams were studied. Model 1 is an existing layout in many clinics and Model 2 is staff-centered, while Models 3 and 4 provide additional space including common hallway(s). Our main conclusion is that Model 4 reduces patient travel distances and average queueing waits, while also providing the best privacy in accordance with HIPAA and the most security for the staff.
A. Gosavi et al., "Analysis of Clinic Layouts and Patient-Centered Procedural Innovations using Discrete-Event Simulation," Engineering Management Journal, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 134-144, Taylor & Francis, Jul 2016.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/10429247.2016.1195664
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Computer Simulation; Healthcare Layout; Improving Patient Flow; Resource Utilization
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