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Simulation modeling as a roadmap to reactivating healthcare facilities

Simulation modeling in healthcare is a practical, low-cost method for challenging and affirming COVID-19 reactivation strategies.

By CannonDesign July 9, 2020
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Simulation modeling in healthcare has been used for testing complex scenarios like optimal patient throughput for an emergency department, but now providers are embracing the tool as a practical, low-cost method for challenging and affirming COVID-19 reactivation strategies.

There is no actionable handbook for reactivating healthcare spaces in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines for reopening vary depending on region, number of current cases and facility type. This challenge is especially pressing for health providers seeking to re-establish stability in ambulatory care and elective surgery operations, which are often critical to financial success.

Short on data and unable to leverage traditional evidence-based approaches, many leaders are relying largely on intuition as they rapidly transform workflows and operations. Simulation modeling is a proven planning tool used across a range of building environments, including healthcare, commercial, education, hospitality and retail applications. Simulation modeling is a data-driven tool that can help you design an effective plan of return for your patients and staff while mapping out a road toward operational recovery.

Simulation modeling brings spaces to life in a virtual environment to rapidly test a number of “what if” scenarios, helping decision makers visualize how design and process changes influence human behavior.


This article originally appeared on CannonDesign’s websiteCannonDesign is a CFE Media content partner.


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