As a follow-up of the master thesis of Pieter Dat, we will meet Talumis next Monday. Pieter Dat will present his recommendations for improving FlexSim HC while we will explore the opportunities for follow-up projects.
According to the regular schedule for our cluster meetings, we meet on the 2nd Friday of the month. In December however, we then have our Christmas Lunch. Therefore, we will have a short discussion after the presentation of the IS-HEART session in week 3.
We would like to invite you to attend a presentation from BEP student Job Visser.
The title of the presentation is “Optimizing the CCHL Department at Amphia Breda” and it is about the redefinition of some logistic processes involved in blood analysis.
The presentation will be Thursday, december 20th, at 12:30 in room K16.
Please contact Gianni Acampora to confirm your presence.
Tentative schedule: formal plan presentation by Bas van Geffen.
Title PHR implementation at Sint Maartenskliniek
Abstract Patient are getting more and more involved in their medical treatment, people are going digital and do lots of things online. This movement will also have an effect on healthcare, this ranges from comparing doctors and hospitals, to keeping their own health records. This has led to the introduction of Personal Health Records (PHR). In the Netherlands there are a few leaders in this area. The board of directors of the Sint Maartenskliniek has decided it wants to provide patient access to as much information as possible. They are looking for the easiest way to gain a position amongst the leaders in this area.
On November 22nd, Pieter Dat defended his master thesis entitled “Business process simulation in healthcare: the applicability of general-purpose and application-oriented simulation software”.
In this thesis, Pieter compared FlexSim HealthCare against CPNTools based on two case studies. FlexSim HC provides healthcare-specific 3D animations as well as widgets for conveniently modeling agenda’s of human resources involved in health processes. CPNTools does not provide such features but provides opportunities for modeling the overall process more explicitly.
Pieter’s first case study relates to patient flows while his second case study relates to goods logistics.
Pieter used Moody’s Method Evaluation Model in combination with a framework specific to simulation tool evaluation. The thesis concludes that FlexSim HC has advantages for simulation studies related to patient flows while the two approaches are comparable when in comes to goods logistics.
Update (14/02/2013): A related blog post has been published on the official FlexSim website.
- Presentation by Michel Koeken (thesis student supervised by Pieter Van Gorp. Michel should graduate within one Month).
- Abstract and Focus Question for the session:
First I would like to introduce my master thesis. I am performing an analysis on the European tenders for the procurement of a HIS/EHR system in the Dutch academic hospitals. Such a European tender consists of 2000 questions which are made up by the academic hospital. Each supplier has to fill in all questions and for each question a supplier can gain points if they answer it correctly. In the end the academic hospital adds all gained points per supplier and the winner is the supplier with the highest score.
Each tender is divided into several subtopics and each subtopic consists of several questions. As you can gain points per questions and it is known how many questions belong to one specific subtopic it’s also known how many points can be gained per subtopic.
I have this information of three tenders and the aim is to identify the most important subtopics in order of points and how these most important subtopics changed over time. Unfortunately each tender used slightly different subtopics. To analyze how the most important subtopics changed over time we had to take one tender as reference and match the subtopics of the other two tenders with the subtopics of the reference tender. I used the Delphi method (in the first round the two experts matched the subtopics individually, and in the second round the experts and I sat together to find the correct matching) to match every subtopic with a subtopic of the reference tender.
The example in the presentation is a simplified example of three tenders, but with only 5, 4 and 3 subtopics per tender. The matching that is made is fictional and it’s only purpose is as an example. In this example Tender A is the reference tender.
The question that we have is how we should present the results? Which trend analysis can be used and how should this be performed?
- Draft slides: IS-HEART MK