A Semi-open Queueing Network Approach to the Analysis of Patient Flow in Healthcare Systems

@article{Xie2007ASQ,
  title={A Semi-open Queueing Network Approach to the Analysis of Patient Flow in Healthcare Systems},
  author={Haifeng Xie and Thierry J. Chaussalet and Mike Rees},
  journal={Twentieth IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS'07)},
  year={2007},
  pages={719-724}
}
In this paper, we present a modelling framework for patient flow in a healthcare system using semi-open queueing network models, which introduces a total bed constraint, above which new patients will be refused admission. Hence this model provides a realistic representation of a real system. This approach enables us to have access to a range of established methods that deals with queueing network models. We demonstrate the usefulness of the model in the context of a geriatric department and… CONTINUE READING