Simulation Modeling  |  Testing design solutions in real time

Applying industrial engineering methods and lean principles to healthcare design and construction can dramatically improve results related to the key issues facing the industry. By seeking out operational improvements, we can find efficiencies that generate more of that most valuable commodity: time.

We use simulation modeling as an essential tool in helping identify those efficiencies and reduce waste. Simulation modeling involves using models run on discrete-event modeling software that can simulate real world processes in a virtual environment. The software can quickly model countless different scenarios over multiple cycles and project outcomes. The ability to cycle through hundreds, if not thousands, of cases in a short amount of time is something just not possible in the real world.

The simulation model uses real-world data and/or statistical distributions to provide predictive analytics and insight, allowing us to test ideas in real-time. It allows for each model to be created to each unique project environment using the list of activities and processes that have been assigned. Simulation modeling allows stakeholders to try multiple changes to process and/or design developed through kaizen or continuous improvement and test the changes using the unique conditions. This key step allows testing for outlying conditions such as peak load, as well as answering questions such as “At what volume or patient mix will the process break down?” or “How many man-hours can we save by more efficient site transportation?” Simulation modeling allows the team test and vet multiple scenarios and help identify chokepoints and opportunities for improving flow and processes.