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A semi-open queueing network approach to the analysis of patient flow in healthcare systems

Xie, Haifeng and Chaussalet, Thierry J. and Rees, Mike (2007) A semi-open queueing network approach to the analysis of patient flow in healthcare systems. In: Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. IEEE CBMS 2007, Maribor, Slovenia, 20-22 June 2007. IEEE, Los Alamitos, USA, pp. 719-724. ISBN 0769529054

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CBMS.2007.12

Abstract

In this paper, we present a modelling framework for patient flow in a healthcare system using semi-open queueing network models, which introduces a total bed constraint, above which new patients will be refused admission. Hence this model provides a realistic representation of a real system. This approach enables us to have access to a range of established methods that deals with queueing network models. We demonstrate the usefulness of the model in the context of a geriatric department and show that hospital managers can use this model to gain better understanding of the dynamics of patient flow and to study potential long-term impacts of policy changes.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Community:University of Westminster > Electronics and Computer Science, School of
ID Code:4453
Deposited On:01 Oct 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:32

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