ABSTRACT An infusion center is interested in seeing if smaller arrival groups can decrease patient waiting time. Array developed a simulation model to study this concept. Two types of patients, each with different hook up durations, are modeled. In each scenario, 20 patients are hooked up for dialysis treatment. For each patient, the length […]

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A lean coffee is an agenda-less meeting, where people come to discuss topics related to lean and process improvement. I geared my lean coffee toward healthcare professionals who might be currently implementing lean or trying to learn more about process improvement. Follow me on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn for information on upcoming Philadelphia Lean […]

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5S is a lean tool typically implemented in the manufacturing environment. So, how can an architecture firm use this lean tool in the office environment? First, let me explain what 5S is exactly and why we would want to use it in the first place. The 5S philosophy, the goal of which is to develop a […]

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Our improvement journey began about two years ago. As we became more serious about the level of employee engagement with our improvement initiatives, we started searching for an easy-to-use platform for submitting and tracking improvement ideas. KaiNexus provided both features in a simple program, developed by a team willing to work with us to improve […]

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What is the architect’s role in simulation? My two most recent blogs in this series explored the benefits of simulation and three critical components of simulation modeling. This post makes the connection between simulation and healthcare architecture. Recall that simulation can address process changes, space configurations and staffing levels in healthcare facilities. When resources become […]

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An urban pediatric hospital on the east coast of the United States serves thousands of patients daily. Recently, in its continuous effort to improve the quality of service, this pediatric care facility hired Array Architects to help design a new clinical space. This new space was expected to house three existing clinics currently operating in […]

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What do you need for a high-quality simulation model? In my previous post, “What can simulation do for your health system?” I highlighted some of the merits of performing discrete event simulations. This second installment brings to light what I believe are the main components necessary to develop a high-quality simulation.

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Recently featured in the Society for Health Systems’ March 2015 Newsletter. What can simulation do for your health system? Discrete event simulation is a powerful analysis tool that allows users to test different options with real data before a decision is made. While simulation can benefit various industries, this post focuses on the specific advantages […]

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