Modeling a Hospital Queueing Network

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 154)


Healthcare systems differ intrinsically from manufacturing systems. As such, they require a distinct modeling approach. In this article, we show how to construct a queueing network of a general class of healthcare systems. In order to analyze such networks, we use the parametric decomposition approach. Using this approach the network is decomposed into a set of single queueing systems which can be aggregated and general performance measures of the queueing network are obtained. In addition, we develop new expressions to assess the impact of service outages and use the queueing network to approximate patient flow times and to evaluate a number of practical applications.


Service Time Service Process Batch Size Interarrival Time Queueing Network 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Decision Sciences and Information ManagementCatholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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