What’s New in FlexSim HC?
FlexSim HC is the world’s best software for modeling, analyzing, and improving healthcare systems. Keep reading to see what’s new and exciting in the latest version.
New for FlexSim 5.3.6
New Flow Item Shapes
There are 17 new flow item shapes in FlexSim HC: water bottle, 6-pack of water bottles, food tray, bedside tray, surgical tray, test tube, test tube tray, pan, electronic tablet, tool box, blood draw tray, empty tray, tool tote, phlebotomy tote, and three different types of patient charts.
FlexSim HC now records the travel distance for equipment and transports. This information can also be displayed in Dashboards, much like you have been able to with staff members. Also, you can now display alternate groups in dashboards, giving you more control over how their collected data is organized and displayed.
Better Chair/Bed Arranging
FlexSim HC now provides more flexibility for arranging chairs and beds in the waiting room and observation areas. You’re no longer limited to right angles—use any angle to define the object’s orientation.
… Plus many improvements to help you define the logic in your model:
- The “Based on assigned staff” pick list option has been improved to give you more ways to define both when and where the staff were assigned—this option has also been added to other fields throughout FlexSim HC.
- There are now access variables for “On Start Maintenance” and “On End Maintenance” triggers that allow you to reference the patient who just vacated the location and the staff member who does the maintenance.
- The “Configurable Member Selection Policy” pick list option (found in the Member Selection Policy field for resource groups) now allows you to easily choose from four premade User-defined Scoring Methods: SHORTEST_DISTANCE, LEAST_UTILIZED, FIRST_AVAILABLE, LAST_AVAILABLE.
- The “Set Label” pick list option has been greatly improved to be more useable and flexible.
- The “Set Color” pick list option has been updated to the new UI style—it’s now the standard option for all edit fields.
- … and more
New Library Shapes
There are 38 additions to FlexSim HC’s already impressive library of 3D shapes—including four new patient locations and five transports. The software is ready out-of-the-box to add realism to your healthcare model.
New Patient Accessories
Patient gowns and field bandages are the latest accessories available for patients in your model. That means there are now more than two dozen unique add-ons to help your virtual people look the part.
Certain new and existing 3D shapes have received more visual customization options. This will allow you to change the color—and even the texture—of key components in these shapes for an all-new look.
Architects rejoice! Thanks to our new FBX Importer, any 3D content you develop in Autodesk’s Revit software can be imported and used in FlexSim HC models.
Improved Object Tracker
This tool has been essential for reviewing and debugging the events that happen while running simulations with your model. The Object Tracker has been enhanced in FlexSim HC 5.3 to give quick access to a specific patient’s Activity Table and Milestone Chart. We’ve also added more information—like who the patient is waiting for, how long they’ve been waiting, and more.
More Experimenter Variables
Running experiments in FlexSim HC is a powerful way to test “what if” scenarios. We’ve added three new variables for experimentation—Patient Speed, to investigate patient walking speed, and two options allowing you to use table data as the variant (either a single column or the entire table).
Raw Data Access
Experiments in FlexSim HC typically result in a heap of raw data from numerous scenarios and replications. You can now save off these raw data tables into CSV files for further processing and analysis.
Staff Request Control
The new Staff Request Rule option gives you control over how staff requests are dispatched. When a single activity has two or more staff requirements, you can direct them to be dispatched at the same time or in the order they are listed in the activity. This is a useful option in systems that are susceptible to gridlock.
Custom Activities let you add modeling logic that is as unique as the system you’re imitating. FlexSim HC 5.3 contains several improvements for adding these activities in your model. We’ve opened up the interface to change the behavior of activity types, and you can now rearrange events within an activity to occur in a custom order.
More Pick List Options
These powerful options let FlexSim HC imitate your system’s characteristics without the need for computer code. The software includes new pick lists for patient destinations, custom activities, and object relocation—plus several updates to existing options.
We’ve broadened the options for advanced users by adding “Code Snippet” buttons to all pick list fields, making the underlying code more accessible. Seasoned users will also enjoy some useful new commands covering companions, destinations, and resource reservation & keeping.