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Resource allocation in health care processes: A case study


  • Kauhanen, Antti
  • Kulvik, Martti
  • Kulvik, Silja
  • Maijanen, Sirpa
  • Martikainen, Olli
  • Ranta, Paula


This paper utilizes queuing models to analyze health care processes. We extend previous queuing models to allow for i) heterogeneous resources, ii) resource allocation to various tasks, and iii) teams (complementary resources). We model a process of one clinical unit. We use the model to analyze how resource allocation affects both process performance and utilization of resources. This approach emphasizes how allocation of resources to tasks affects process performance. We illustrate how the model can be used to analyze how variations in resources affect process performance and for example how ICT affects process performance.

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  • Kauhanen, Antti & Kulvik, Martti & Kulvik, Silja & Maijanen, Sirpa & Martikainen, Olli & Ranta, Paula, 2013. "Resource allocation in health care processes: A case study," ETLA Working Papers 10, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:rif:wpaper:10

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    1. Naumov, Valeriy & Martikainen, Olli, 2011. "Method for Throughput Maximization of Multiclass Networks with Flexible Servers," Discussion Papers 1261, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    2. Natalia Yankovic & Linda V. Green, 2011. "Identifying Good Nursing Levels: A Queuing Approach," Operations Research, INFORMS, vol. 59(4), pages 942-955, August.
    3. Naumov, Valeriy & Martikainen, Olli, 2011. "Optimal Resource Allocation in Multiclass Networks," Discussion Papers 1262, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
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    processes; queues; performance; information and communication technology;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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