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Health Systems Engineering as an Improvement Strategy: A Case Example Using Location-Allocation Modeling

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For more information on this article, contact Bradley Watts at bradley.watts@va.gov.

Abstract

Finding the optimal geographic location for a medical service is a common challenge for healthcare organizations. However, there is limited use or description of methods to determine the optimal location of a medical service. We describe a case study of how location-allocation techniques used by industrial engineers assisted a regional healthcare network develop a plan for optimal location of sleep medicine services within its network.

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