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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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Discrete-event simulation (DES) in healthcare

Many possibilities and areas of application for simulation exist that can be pursued in a clinical setting.

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Naive automation, barcoding, and Air France flight 447

The 1960s classic Fail Safe, with Henry Fonda as the US president and Walter Matthau as a gung-ho political adviser, presents the viewer with a hypothetical but convincing account of the handling of a global crisis situation.  Here, a flawed decision-making process built on the premise that letting technology lock humans out represents the most fail-safe path in a dangerous situation — in this case, for national security reasons — ends up boxing everybody in and being extremely costly for all concerned.

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