The Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, forming the arm of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that delivers medical services. From a troubled past, the VHA today is regarded as a model for healthcare transformation. The VA has evaluated and adopted a variety of cutting-edge approaches to foster greater efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery as part of their systems redesign initiative. This paper discusses the integration of two health care analysis platforms: Discrete Event Simulation (DES), and Real Time Locating systems (RTLS) presenting examples of work done at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. Use of RTLS data for generation and validation of DES models is detailed, with prescriptive discussion of methodologies. The authors recommend the careful consideration of these relatively new approaches which show promise in assisting systems redesign initiatives across the health care spectrum.
- Discrete Event Simulation
- Health Care
- Radio-Frequency Identification
- Technology Integration