A dual bin-packing approach to scheduling surgical cases at a publicly-funded hospital

@article{Vijayakumar2013ADB,
  title={A dual bin-packing approach to scheduling surgical cases at a publicly-funded hospital},
  author={Bharathwaj Vijayakumar and Pratik J. Parikh and Rosalyn Scott and April Barnes and Jennie Gallimore},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={224},
  pages={583-591}
}
Publicly-funded hospitals are typically allocated an annual budget by the government based on the number of enrollees in the region. Given tight budget constraints, the capacity of resources is fairly fixed. Such hospitals strive to maximize the utilization of their resources through continuous improvement and optimization techniques. We address a surgical case scheduling problem experienced at a publicly-funded hospital and conceptualize this multi-period, multi-resource, priority-based case… CONTINUE READING

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  • Our proposed approach led to substantial savings, 20% reduction in number of days and up to 20% increase in operating room utilization, when compared to real schedules obtained from the surgical department at a publicly-funded hospital.

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