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Modeling emergency department using a hybrid simulation approach

Ahmad, Norazura and Abdul Ghani, Noraida and Kamil, Anton Abdulbasah and Mat Tahar, Razman (2013) Modeling emergency department using a hybrid simulation approach. In: IAENG Transactions on Engineering Technologies. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 229 . Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 701-711. ISBN 978-94-007-6189-6

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Within hospital, emergency department is one of the most important unit that involves complex patient movement flow and detailed operational activities. As an integrated system, the efficiency of emergency department depends on its interaction between inter-departmental units and intra-departmental elements.Over the years, with the rapid development of computer technology, there has been a rising trend of using simulation modeling to improve healthcare operations. Discrete-event simulation (DES) has become a popular and effective decision-making tool for modeling the stochastic operational activities in a system. However for a whole system approach, system dynamics (SD) has advantages over DES. SD does not require vast data and is able to capture the inter dependency relations between different units in an integrated system. Both approaches have strengths and weaknesses that may support and complement each other. An integrated model of both approaches will provide a realistic view of a complex system. This chapter provides an overview of the hybrid simulation modeling applications to emergency department.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complex system; Discrete-event simulation; Emergency department; Healthcare system; Hybrid simulation; System dynamics
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: School of Quantitative Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazura Ahmad
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 01:50
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 01:50

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