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Capacity planning in a network of healthcare providers in Twente

Havinga, J.R. (2023) Capacity planning in a network of healthcare providers in Twente.

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Abstract:This study focuses on the care that patients need after being in the hospital and is embedded at the transfer agency of hospital group Twente. From the hospital point of view, it is important that the care for a patient can be transferred to an aftercare institution as soon as possible, after a patient has finished medical treatment. From the aftercare point of view, it is important to have a high bed occupation, as empty beds may lead to financial difficulties. We used a Discrete Event Simulation model. The object of our simulation model is to analyze the effects of interventions and scenarios on the system performance on a strategic and tactical level. This study provides a nuanced understanding of the relationship between bed occupation in the aftercare and waiting times and ALC days in the hospital. By evaluating the effects of pooling capacity between different types of aftercare, this study addresses the issue of fragmentation in capacity and its impact on system performance. At last, this study provides guidelines for decision-makers on the potential benefits of relaxing admission restrictions and optimizing discharge planning processes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Ziekenhuis Groep Twente (ZGT), Almelo, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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