Maths, baths and computer models: ways to make health services more efficient

Nuffield Trust | October 2018 | Maths, baths and computer models: ways to make health services more efficient

In a new post on the Nuffield Trust’s blog, Chris Sherlaw-Johnson looks at different approaches being used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services, and explains the value they could bring to the NHS.

Sherlaw- Jones also cites other health care applications stream describing how mathematical and computer models are used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services.

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These  include:

  • Developing a predictive model using information on the referral forms for breast cancer screening to establish the risk of abnormal screening results. Then hospitals can investigate the consequences of choosing different thresholds for identifying high-risk women, using a computer simulation that models the processes of screening, diagnosis and treatment, and their influences on clinical outcomes.
  • Using mathematical formulae of queueing behaviour to evaluate different approaches for reducing overcrowding in emergency departments and achieving the four-hour target. This has been used to explore what would happen if, for example, low acuity patients were managed differently, or if beds were freed up quicker.
  • Developing a system for helping surgeons plan their schedules based on what is known about their case mix.
  • Using computer modelling to help design the layout of a hospital.

Read the full post at Nuffield Trust 

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