A dynamic real time scheduling methodology for the emergency department

Luscombe, Ruth (2015) A dynamic real time scheduling methodology for the emergency department. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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This project constructs a scheduling solution for the Emergency Department. The schedules are generated in real-time to adapt to new patient arrivals and changing conditions.

An integrated scheduling formulation assigns patients to beds and treatment tasks to resources. The schedule efficiency is assessed using waiting time and total care time experienced by patients. The solution algorithm incorporates dispatch rules, meta-heuristics and a new extended disjunctive graph formulation which provide high quality solutions in a fast time-frame for real time decision support. This algorithm can be implemented in an electronic patient management system to improve patient flow in the Emergency Department.

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ID Code: 86505
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Kozan, Erhan & Fitzgerald, Gerard
Additional Information: An embargo has been granted by the faculty until August 2017.
Keywords: capacity, constraint programming, emergency department, flexible job shop, meta-heuristics, OR in health services, optimisation, patient flow, real-time, scheduling
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2015 05:36
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 06:55

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