Advances in facility design and technology are leading to novel uses of healthcare delivery space including flexible and shared clinical space increasing collaboration and communication in multidisciplinary care settings. With new outpatient care delivery facilities and plans emerging, the need to evaluate how flexible and shared resources are assigned arises. We present a discrete-event simulation model based on the daily operations of an outpatient clinic where multiple specialties share resources including support staff, exam rooms, and ancillary providers. Being a new clinical space, the primary objective is to design resource assignment and staffing policies which maximize the use of the new facility. While resource utilization is the primary objective, the simulation model results and analysis incorporate other competing performance criteria including patient waiting, provider idleness, and clinic length of day. Results are presented based on a multidisciplinary clinic at the University of Minnesota.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||WSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Simulation for a Noble Cause|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Jan 31 2019|
|Event||2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden|
Duration: Dec 9 2018 → Dec 12 2018
|Name||Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference|
|Conference||2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018|
|Period||12/9/18 → 12/12/18|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank Megan Foley who works in the CSC and was essential in gathering the necessary historical data used to parameterize the simulation model.
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