Why Simulation in Healthcare?
It’s all about improving patient outcomes.
Patient care outcomes. Those three words mean more today than at any other time in the history of modern healthcare. Outcomes drive the actions of the governing body, management, and physicians to provide the best care for a patient, at the lowest possible cost, and all while adhering to government regulations that affect the amount of reimbursement the healthcare organization will receive for their efforts.
Healthcare simulation isn’t just a tool: it’s a solution that makes such a daunting task much easier and less time consuming. It’s the ideal proving ground for a healthcare facility, a risk-free environment where some or all of a healthcare system can be modeled, tested, and analyzed to provide valuable, accurate information. And not just information about where a facility has been, but information about where it’s going to be. In this brave new world of healthcare, a better question might be: why WOULDN’T you choose simulation?
Variance is the reason that a perfect patient arrival schedule rarely works out so perfectly, and variance is something that other solutions can’t account for. Simulation can, whether it’s variance in a process, a patient, or even a physician. Healthcare simulation does more than mimic your system — it uses real world data and/or statistical distributions to provide predictive analytics on any facet of a healthcare system. No assumptions, just highly accurate information.
Healthcare problems are difficult to solve, and accounting for the numerous resources involved in caring for a patient just isn’t something that a spreadsheet is capable of doing. Simulation is the science of modeling complex sequences of events, and when it’s specifically adapted for healthcare facilities it can unify every aspect of healthcare management. And all this can be done in the easiest way possible, with drag-and-drop controls and an intuitive, patient-centered design.
We understand that many healthcare procedures can’t be sped up without endangering the patient or the physician. Simulation isn’t concerned with pure, unremorseful efficiency in a healthcare facility — it’s concerned with finding the best pace at which a healthcare system can operate most effectively and at the lowest reasonable cost. There’s always time for simulation in healthcare, as a model can help find previously unseen relationships and sources of delay that can be addressed to make your healthcare facility the best it can be.