Applications of Computer Simulation in Medical Scheduling
In current health care service, it's important to minimize staff idle time and maintain a high utilization rate of the medical facilities. More and more hospitals, however, recognize waiting is a universal and serious problem for patients. The critical problem in medical scheduling is how to keep the balance of all these factors. Computer simulation is a powerful tool for medical management and scheduling. This paper presents a literature review of the current state of computer simulation in medical scheduling. Various approaches to simulate the operations in medical area, as well as analysis of these approaches along with their effectiveness are presented in this paper. We anticipate such a survey would help us to develop a computer simulation system for use at Duke University's medical oncology department.