Category Archives: Optimization

How to arrive at the best possible combination of values that satisfy specific design or performance criteria.

Optimizing distributed processes locally, and why it may not be a good idea

In healthcare, many tend to work in silos, through narrow specialization or a physical area of focus, be it the ED, an OR, the Cath Lab, Labor and Delivery, and so on. As such, staff driven to reduce harm and waste embark on process improvement (PI), frequently thinking that fixing their own workflows and work-spaces will do. This is often not the case, and bears rethinking from a broader perspective.
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Optimization example: workforce scheduling model

In staff scheduling, a nurse manager may be trying to staff her floor in the best way for the coming week. What can happen if this is done informally, by a “seat of the pants” approach?
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Optimization: basic concepts and potential benefits

Optimization is yet another important field in mathematics and engineering, with many useful real-life applications in planning and other areas. In essence, it is a mathematical approach to solving problems that have as a general goal finding the best outcome possible.
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