Short term hospital occupancy prediction.

  title={Short term hospital occupancy prediction.},
  author={Steven J. Littig and Mark W. Isken},
  journal={Health care management science},
  volume={10 1},
Inpatient census, or occupancy, is a primary driver of resource use in hospitals. Fluctuations in occupancy complicate decisions related to staffing, bed management, ambulance diversions, and may ultimately impact both quality of patient care and nursing job satisfaction. We describe our approach in building a computerized model to provide short-term occupancy predictions for an entire hospital by nursing unit and shift. Our model is a comprehensive system built using real hospital data and… CONTINUE READING