A process simulation is a dynamic software model that demonstrates flow, logic, time intervals and process constraints. It is built on data, process and relationships that can be altered to test multiple scenarios. A simulation is a virtual test bed for change.
Optimal-Use employees sophisticated software that was first developed for industry. This has evolved into an ideal tool for simulating healthcare environments. The program has a strong graphical interface that affectively communicates process and flow in healthcare environments.
While software is important, knowing how to use it is paramount. Optimal-Use builds models based on their understanding of healthcare processes and analysis of data.
We also understand that Process Simulation is a tool, not the end product. It can be a jumping off point for in-place trials of process change. This avoids wasting valuable staff resources and time by testing scenarios demonstrated to be unlikely to succeed.
Our simulations tend to be resource driven. Staff resources, such as MD’s, nurses, registrars, etc, can be added to the model to actually perform typical tasks. This adds another level of detail to the model, which can then determine if it is resources or spaces that are controlling the delivery process. For example, an excessive number of treatment rooms served by limited staff resources may just shift waiting times from the waiting room to the treatment rooms, but not improve patient throughput. . With the application of resources, issues such as staff time and distance spent in travel may be evaluated.