How simulation is used in healthcare

Improving the Healthcare Supply Chain

Strengthen and improve the healthcare supply chain by using simulation to ensure that supplies are available when they are needed.

Using simulation for an efficient supply chain

Effectively managing a healthcare organization's supply and demand can significantly increase patient care while also reducing costs.

Healthcare requires supplies to function effectively and crucially they need to be available, at the right time and of the right quality to ensure the service is efficient and also to achieve the best patient outcomes. This often requires cross-department and cross-organizational working, and time as well as location are key factors.

Simulation allows you to:

  • Reduce waste
  • Avoid stock-outs
  • Test the automating of manual processes
  • Try different improvement ideas without impacting patient care

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Geisinger Health System introduces an on-demand patient meal service with 98% SLA

Patient food service is one aspect of healthcare which is often scrutinized, becoming a central issue for hospital administrators in recent years.

Discover how simulation enabled Geisinger to strike the balance between patient satisfaction and staff efficiency.

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Blood Supply Chain

Blood donors are in short supply, the shelf-life of blood products is relatively short and blood product ordering policies are potentially complex - making the National Blood Service's supply chain an ideal problem to be solved by simulation. A team used extensive real life data to create a simulation with SIMUL8.

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Geisinger Release 8% of Time Back to Patient Care

Prior research indicated that nurses on inpatient units spend upward of 15% of their time on logistics/supply chain tasks. Geisinger Health System developed a project to determine the actual nursing time spent doing logistics/supply chain tasks and to develop a new model for logistics inside the hospital.

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Organ Supply

SIMUL8 Partner, Novasim, used SIMUL8 to help Johns Hopkins understand how all of the complex elements involved in transplant care fit together, enabling them to better use their limited resources to the advantage of their patients.

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Medication Supplies

SIMUL8 Partner, Novasim, helped the pharmacy benefits group for Caremark improve customer service and reduce turnaround time on prescription orders.

The sheer volume and complexity of the orders made capacity planning and staffing very difficult. Simulation has helped reduce order turnaround time, improve staff utilization, and reduce costs.

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Simulating a Secure Solution for the US Drug Supply Chain

Robert Celeste, former Senior Director at GS1 US, explores how simulation was used to demonstrate the supply chain process to gain consensus on a process that would be feasible in the supply chain and meet the needs of State and Federal regulators.

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