To assist decision making, Maasstad Hospital approached consultancy firm Tarsius Group. Given the number of factors and the possible implications on the hospital’s organizational structure and planning, SIMUL8 simulation software was selected as the decision making tool. Using SIMUL8, Maasstad hospital could test multiple scenarios and determine possible outcomes which would influence its decision to join the National Bowel Screening program.
Key factors to be addressed in the simulation included:
The simulation was able to determine the answers to a number of questions Maasstad Hospital had, thus influencing their decision to enter the program. Some of the key questions addressed in the simulation included:
With participation in the program expected to be at 60%, the simulation considered the consequences if participation was lower than expected and what factors would have an impact on participation levels.
Within the simulation, the following three scenarios and their variations were developed:
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