Challenges in Developing a Generic Approach to Modeling Accident and Emergency Departments in a Developing Country with
Wednesday 16 March 2011, 13:00
LT11, Management School
Challenges in Developing a Generic Approach to Modeling Accident and Emergency Departments in a Developing Country with specific reference to Jamaica
Abstract: Generic modeling of Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments has had good success in the UK. This has helped to reduce patients’ waiting time in A&E Departments. My research seeks to use a similar approach to reduce patients’ waiting time in a developing country such Jamaica. Many of these developing countries’ health care systems were modeled off a British System. However with time and cultural differences there have been departures from the British Models.
I will describe the process of developing a generic Accident and Emergency discrete event simulation model for the Jamaican health care system. A background to the Jamaican health care system will be explained. This will be used to show how patients’ flow in Accident and Emergency Departments ties in with the big picture.
The challenges involved in gathering of information and data, data analysis, and developing the prototype simulation model will be described, and the future challenges for the work will be outlined.