To maximize the healthcare value it generates, the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital investigated the appropriateness of performing hospital enterprise optimization by using a linear programming based analytics model to make decisions about patient inflow into its Emergency Department, its cancer treatment center, and its surgery programs.
To help others benefit from the results of this work, this paper describes the project. It starts by describing the hospital, and the needs the hospital wanted to address with the project. It next discusses how the abstract goal of maximizing healthcare value the hospital generates was translated into a linear programming model. The paper then discusses the data needed for the model, how it was collected, and the issues that arose while trying to collect it. The paper also discusses the potential and realized benefits of the modeling at the hospital level and at the community level, in both government funded and non-government funded healthcare environments. The paper concludes by suggesting future work to further take advantage of the modeling possibilities.
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