Improving the Efficiency of Physical Examination Services
- Author(s): Song, Wheyming Tina
- Chih, Mingchang
- Bair, Aaron E.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-009-9271-z
The objective of our project was to improve the efficiency of the physical examination screening service of a large hospital system. We began with a detailed simulation model to explore the relationships between four performance measures and three decision factors. We then attempted to identify the optimal physician inquiry starting time by solving a goal-programming problem, where the objective function includes multiple goals. One of our simulation results shows that the proposed optimal physician inquiry starting time decreased patient wait times by 50% without increasing overall physician utilization.