California San Diego with community clinics used simulation to optimize
operations at a local health clinic serving the poor. The clientele are of little means and the
doctors who serve the clinic are more concerned with the welfare of the
patients than to make themselves rich.
The clinics are usually run out of donated space in churches or
motels. (Alexopoulos, 2001)
|To make each dollar
count, the PIP used Industrial Engineering concepts to gather data on the
operation. This data was analyzed and
broken into functional relationships.
The Arean simulation language was used to model these
relationships. There are five pieces
to the model.
variables include number of patients in the system, number of providers,
average time for each immunization.
|Design of the
interface is made as simple as possible as the staff is not highly computer