Healthcare Systems Modeling & Simulation Affinity Group Webinar

The Use of Discrete-Event Simulation in Healthcare Operations Research by Eric Goldlust, M.D.,

What healthcare can learn from nuclear power industry?

Just came back from 2014 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in Chicago. I attend a session presented by experts from AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation  titled Safety and Risk in Health Care and Nuclear Power: Learning From Each Other .     By learning from nuclear power industry,  healthcare industry can use technology effectively and efficiently with systems engineering, human factor approaches. The re-engineered  new healthcare delivery system should integrate people, technology, process, organization and external environment. The cross industry collaboration is critical to transform the healthcare delivery.  Simulation will play more important roles on training, assessment, usability testing and process redesign.

You can read more from AAMI monograph,Risk and Reliability in Healthcare and Nuclear Power: Learning from Each Other”

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” —William Gibson


“A Systems Approach to Improve Bedside Patient Rescue (BPR) on Hospital Floor ” presentation at INFORMS Healthcare 2013

Xiaolei Xie presented our work at INFORMS Healthcare 2013 Conference 

A Systems Approach to Improve Bedside Patient Rescue (BPR) on Hospital Floor 

Xiaolei Xie, Yue Dong, Jeanne Huddleston, Jingshan Li, Thomas Rohleder, Colleen Swartz

Abstract: In this paper, a systems approach is presented to improve operations related to bedside patient rescue (BPR) process. A five-module (triage, patient, floor, RRT and ICU) framework is proposed to systematically study the correlations and interactions among all the factors related to BPR. Under this framework, simulation model using ARENA has been developed, which provides a quantitative tool for medical professionals to improve BPR process.

“Human Risk Assessment for Simulated Central Venous Catheterization” presentation at INFORMS Healthcare 2013

David John presented our work at INFORMS Healthcare 2013 Conference 

Human Risk Assessment for Simulated Central Venous Catheterization

David M. Johnson, William  F. Dunn, Yue Dong

Abstract:   Central venous catheterization (CVC) is one of most common practiced procedures in the ICU. CVC is associated with complications and potential life-threatening outcomes. The analysis of the CVC procedure from a perspective of Human Risk Assessment (HRA) will provide more insights into the contribution of human error to the system engineering problem of the CVC procedure. This research performs an HRA methodology as a novel approach to quantifying the human error risk component associated with a CVC.


INFORMS Healthcare 2013

I am at Chicago to attend the second INFORMS conference on healthcare operations research, systems engineering and analytics. INFORMS HEALTHCARE 2013.  The Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) is largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and analytics.

Computer simulation has been purposed as a “third branch of science beyond experimentation and theory” published in Science  1992. It is one of most common systems engineering tool for process analysis and system optimization by many industries including those high reliability industries (aviation, nuclear power stations, etc.).  Most recent review about Computer Simulations in Science can be found from  Winsberg, Eric, “Computer Simulations in Science”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

Healthcare application of computer simulation can be found from listed papers below

Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence

Please visit Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence.  Learn how computer and simulation help physicians, biologist and  computer scientist working together to fight disease.

Simulation is serious play.

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