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Capacity Planning

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Published
Publication date2012
Host publicationHandbook of Healthcare System Scheduling
EditorsRandolph W . Hall
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer
Pages11-30
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781461417347
ISBN (Print)9781461417330
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameInternational Series in Operations Research & Management Science
PublisherSpringer
Number168

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss some of the modeling methods available for use by health care organizations in determining the level of resources to make available for the delivery of a service or a set of services. We focus mainly on the insights available from different forms of queuing model but discuss also the role of simulation modeling. We then outline the challenges faced in populating capacity planning models with appropriate parameter estimates before closing with some remarks on the non-technical, cultural barriers to effective capacity planning.