Improving Hospital Capacity Management Through Monte-Carlo Simulation
2:30pm - 3:30pmTuesday, March 6
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
Capacity management is an issue for many hospitals around the world. Geisinger Health System has generated interventions to tackle the capacity management issue and to increase access, improve quality of care, and cut ED wait times, among other crucial metrics. To study the potential impact of these interventions on capacity prior to its implementation, a Monte Carlo-approached simulation model was used. The results showed that the three individual interventions that had the greatest positive impact on the bed demand were: redirecting patient transfers from another hospital system, decreasing the LOS for observation patients to 16 hours and redirecting pneumonia patients to another hospital. Two more scenarios, the top three performing interventions and all 11 interventions, were run. The results showed that successfully implementing all interventions was the best-case scenario and that the hospital would need additional measures to better serve the growing demand.