Bringing together the experience of SIMUL8 clients and our consultant team, this ebook outlines 10 common healthcare problems that can be solved with simulation.
If you're new to simulation or want to communicate its benefits to colleagues, this guide explains how simulation works and demonstrates its value for healthcare organizations through case studies and example simulations.
Healthcare organizations and systems are complex with a wide range of variables that impact performance and patient care.
Variation across demand, forecasting, wait times, resource constraints and utilization, as well as financial limitations, make planning and implementing process improvements challenging for healthcare providers.
This is why healthcare providers use simulation - computer-based models that produce a visual and dynamic picture of the impact of decisions.
Almost anything can be simulated - from the flow of patients through an E.R., to the staff schedule for an inpatient unit or call center, or the day-to-day operations of the central sterile department.
By simulating healthcare processes, you can understand complex cause and effect relationships, test changes to processes in a safe, risk-free environment, and use the results to make strong, evidence-based decisions.
SIMUL8's dedicated healthcare team have developed a wealth of performance improvement experience by working with our clients around the globe for over 20 years.
We’ve created this guide for healthcare professionals to consolidate and share our expertise in applying simulation to solve healthcare problems. It summarizes the most effective uses of simulation, and includes tips on how to approach and manage simulation projects.
An introduction to simulation
An overview of how simulation works
Top 10 high impact changes
Using simulation as part of the change process
Simulation tips – recommendations from our users
"Working in partnership with our users around the world, we are continually applying simulation to healthcare problems. We have had the opportunity to understand the typical process flows in healthcare in detail and are delighted to share some of our learning.
This guide is by no means the final word on healthcare simulation - as a team, we’re still learning every day about new and valuable applications! We’d like to thank all the contributors to this guide, as well as all the organizations we have worked with over the years.
We hope you find the guide useful. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!"
Claire Cordeaux, Executive Director, Health and Social Care, SIMUL8 Corporation
SIMUL8 is used by leading healthcare organizations to improve processes, increase efficiency and reduce costs.