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Date:12/2/2008

cheduled when one-half of an hour or more was needed."

Some useful adjustments were based on common sense factors rather than sophisticated process engineering. For example: "Given the costs, it would be better to have patients arrive at pre-op early rather than late. Some pre-op and related areas felt that patients were less comfortable in per-op than in the admitting area and therefore slowed movement to pre-op. A better solution would be to improve conditions in pre-op. In one case, we recommended and the hospital acted to move a TV set from admitting to pre-op."

The study is part of the Epstein Department's continuing effort health care engineering. In addition to Belson, the team included Professor Randolph Hall and graduate students Eun Ae (Michelle) Cho, Benigno De Vera and Ashley Crowder, and undergraduate Jessica Midkiff.

"Management engineering improves access to health care as well as reduces costs for the patient," says Belson. "Southwest Airlines has shown how faster turnaround times for planes helps reduce costs and increase passenger satisfaction. We believe health services delivery can learn from examples like these."


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