Welcome to the FlexSim Healthcare Blog!
I wish someone had written a training manual about how to start a blog, what subjects might be appropriate and which might be inappropriate, and how to express your opinions in ways that are informative, tactful, respectful, courteous, and brief. Unfortunately, no one has. So, today I’m kicking off an untested, unencumbered, and unrestricted (as of yet) blog whose focus is the discrete event modeling of healthcare systems. Naturally, it won’t be limited to simulation alone, not a chance! Rather, with your cooperation, support, and interest, it’ll cover the waterfront of healthcare related topics that either have an impact on patient care management or can be assisted and improved upon using healthcare simulation per se.
But, before we begin, let me introduce myself.
I’m Lou Keller.
You were probably expecting a lengthy bio, right? …you know, like an in-depth discussion of my education, skills, qualifications, and age-related experience. Well, despite the fact that I eschew lengthy resumes, most of which are far more “padded” than explicitly truthful, I suppose you have the right to expect something along those lines if only so you’ll know whether I’m real or not! Okay, so here goes.
I’ve spent more than 48 years working in some if not almost every aspect of healthcare management. Twenty-five of those years were as an Officer in the United States Army’s Medical Service Corps. Ten were working as the brain trust behind ProModel’s product, “MedModel.” Nine were working as an independent consultant in support of everything from disaster recovery planning to the development of healthcare simulation models for the Department of Defense. And, the last few years have been spent working as the Director of Healthcare Simulation Applications for FlexSim Corporation. I have six years of formal post-graduate education in the areas of Logistics, Management Science, Healthcare Administration and Quantitative Methods. That’s it. That’s all I’m going to tell you. Well, that and the fact that 27 of the 48 years I mentioned initially were devoted to some aspect of discrete event simulation as applied to healthcare systems. Oh, and I read a lot.
So, what’s the purpose of this blog? Well, as I hinted to initially, it’s to provide an informal environment for the expression of everything from opinions about the evolution of simulation in support of healthcare operations and management to the impact of current methods like Supply Chain and Lean, to the best way to manage many of the restrictions that are being imposed on healthcare organizations through every aspect of the Affordable Care Act. Of course, my input will almost always be based on the analytical benefits simulation brings to the table, but why not? That’s the area I work in!!
So, let’s start by my posing this question: do you use discrete event simulation to evaluate, plan, design, or revise healthcare and patient management policies and practices in your own environment? If the answer is no, why not?