REDUCING THE QUEUE OF REFERRALS USING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT - –A CASE STUDY OF A DERMATOLOGY CLINIC
Paper in proceedings, 2005

We performed a study during a six month period at a dermatology clinic at a large teaching hospital. Our task was to analyse the patient flow and suggest ways to reduce the queue of referrals, through better utilization of existing recourses. To this aim, we applied manufacturing-based operations management techniques in three areas: capacity management, operations focus and reduction of variation. Our analysis revealed that the existing queue of referrals could be reduced with current resources after having implemented the suggested actions. Theoretically, it should be possible to eliminate the queue of referrals in a seven to eight month period depending on how the clinic handle the follow-up visits created by the new first-time visits. Our conclusions focus on the reactions of medical staff to the usage of manufacturing-based improvement methods. We found that the usage of manufacturing concepts in a health care setting can create critical reaction by employees. Explaining the purpose in a pedagogical way is one approach to reduce this criticism.

operations management

planning

focus

queue of referrals

health care

variation

Author

Torbjörn Jacobsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Operations Management and Work Organisation

Pär Åhlström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Operations Management and Work Organisation

Ing-Marie Bergbrant

International Conference on the Management of Healthcare & Medical Technology 25-26 August 2005, Aalborg, Denmark

136-147

Subject Categories

Other Mechanical Engineering

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

ISBN

87-91200-48-2

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10/7/2017