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Multi-objective Optimization for Interfacility Patient Transfer

  • W. J. Guerrero
  • N. Velasco
  • C. A. Amaya
Conference paper

Abstract

A multi-objective optimization model is proposed as a decision aid designed to standardize the interfacility patient transfer system in Bogotá, Colombia. This model considers different patients’ preferences and the different situations in which a patient may be found, using multiple objectives, seeking to respect the patient’s right to choose the medical institution that will treat him or her, and while providing efficient solutions in terms of appointment wait time and travel distance.An ex-post study was done to evaluate the advantages of the model versus the previously usedmethod based on nurses’ empirical experience. The experiment took place in one of the largest and best-rated public hospitals in Colombia, which serves as benchmark for other hospitals in the country. The results of this comparison demonstrate that there are important advantages to using the model, because it delivers benefits in respect to improved patient choice and more prompt medical care.

Keywords

Wait Time Travel Distance Health Insurance Company Pareto Frontier Healthcare Institution 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was carried out with the collaboration of the Centro Regulador de Urgencias y Emergencias (CRUE), in Bogotá city and El Tunal Hospital E.S.E.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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