Healthcare Simulations

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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The healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world today. It includes hospitals, laboratories, medical device and drug manufacturers, pharmacies, and more. In the U.S. alone, healthcare costs added up to about 14 percent of the Gross National Product. This number is staggering, but it's poised to grow even larger. Because of this and other factors, healthcare simulations are widely used by many facilities.

Why use simulations? By creating a model of, say, a hospital, administrators can get a good view of how their current system is working. Is the waiting room large enough to house patients? Are there enough doctors and nurses on the floor? Perhaps they estimate that the surrounding population will grow by 25 percent in the next ten years. By entering this information into the simulation, they can identify the changes they will need to make to meet this demand.

Simulations are also a practical way to test out new processes or tools. Why run the risk of making the investment, only to find out that the new system doesn't work? It makes no sense for a hospital to hire new staff or build an extra wing "just in case." With healthcare simulations, administrators can make educated decisions based on solid data.

Making Sense of Healthcare Simulations

Process simulation software is available to help create healthcare simulations. This kind of software is also helpful if a facility is seeking money to make improvements or expand--they can use it to present their case to investors. Healthcare simulations can be a useful tool to examine the "health" of many organizations, and help diagnose potential problems.

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