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Business Analytics for Hospital Networks

Hospital networks are groups of hospitals that work together in order to offer better services to patients in their community.  The focus on accurate and efficient care has been increasing due to anticipated population growth and aging.  Hospitals within networks can utilize each of their strengths to offer the best treatment for patients within the system.  Network perspectives offer new ways for addressing pragmatic problems in triage and bed management, regionalization, quality improvement, and disaster preparedness.  For small or rural area hospitals, joining a network can be a lower-cost strategy which provides them with access to the resources and experience of much larger organizations.  The sophisticated health care networks in the United States enable hospitals to meet patients' needs more effectively and reduce costs when utilized efficiently.  With the assistance of Business Analytics, models can be built to determine the best service and goods allocation decisions to deal with scare healthcare resources and optimize these health care networks.

Professional Articles

Fraser Health Uses Mathematical Programming to Plan Its Inpatient Hospital Network

Organizing Hospitals Into Networks: A Hierarchical Model to Define Location, Supply and Referrals in Planned Hospital System

Using Coxian Phase-Type Distributions to Identify Patient Characteristics for Duration of Stay in Hospital

Analyzing Management Policies for Operating Room Planning Using Simulation

A Discrete Time Markov Model for Admission Scheduling and Resource Planning in a Cost or Capacity Constrained Healthcare System

Automating the Self-Scheduling Process of Nurses in Swedish Healthcare: A Pilot Study

Simulating the Allocation of Organs for Transplantation

Market Capture of Inpatient Perioperative Services Using DEA