Dynamic Supply and Demand Balance Problems

  • Alexander Kolker
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Health Care Management and Economics book series (BRIEFSHEALTHCARE)


Comparative analysis of traditional approach, queuing analytic theory formulas (QAT), and discrete event simulation (DES) is provided. Eleven capacity and patient flow problems and five staffing and scheduling problems are analyzed in details using side-by-side a traditional approach, QAT and DES. Serious limitations of QAT compared to DES are demonstrated. Multiple examples of inaccurate decisions based on input of the average data are illustrated (the flaw of averages).


Discrete event simulation Queuing analytic theory Flaw of averages Patient flow Interdependency Staffing Variability 


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© Alexander Kolker 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Hospital and Health SystemMilwaukeeUSA

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