Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

 

Title

Operations Research Methods Applied to Workflow in a Medical Records Department

Date of this Version

8-2002

Comments

S. Chan, J. Ohlmann, S. Dunbar, C. Dunbar, S. Ryan, and P. Savory (2002), “Operations Research Methods Applied to Workflow in a Medical Records Department,” Health Care Management Science. Volume 5, No. 3, pp. 191-199

Abstract

Transcribing medical documents accurately into pre-defined formats and within certain time frames is vital for administrative and medical purposes in any hospital. This paper describes quantitative models incorporating available data to represent transcription activities of a medical records department. We forecasted the workload of the department, determined the optimal worker schedule and designed a simulation model to represent the workflow of the transcription function of a medical record department. The findings provided insight into the workflow, staffing and performance of the department.

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