Simulations… let’s not repeat the same old mistakes

Simulations (for scheduling) have for the longest time been the realm of computer nerds.  Not any more.

There is now the ability (with some initial assistance) to let the workers on the ground modify and correct the black-box algorithms that the computer nerds created.  All those erroneous premises and assumptions encased within the simulator will come to light and be corrected.

Realistic what-ifs can be tested.

Competing processes can be tested.

While in the middle of a process, project or case schedule— constraints can be changed, resources reapplied or their numbers changed— different outcomes can be seen.

Very specific ‘what might have been’ reviews are possible; change only the events or people you want.

This is great for getting people on the ground level to buy into improving their processes, or for management to understand the various departments’ processes for better integration.

About Brian D Gregory MD, MBA

Board Certified Anesthesiologist for 30 years. TOC design and implement for 30 years. MBA from U of Georgia '90: Finance, Data Management, Risk Management. Practiced in multiple US states and Saudi Arabia at KFSH&RC and KFMC Taught residents in two locations. Worked with CRNAs for 20 years.
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