Title

Optimal Staffing Policy and Telemedicine

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

12-2007

Abstract

We study the optimal strategy of a specialty hospital in providing traditional face-to-face consultations via experts and remote medical services via tele-specialists. We model the whole system as a queuing problem and provide the optimal staffing policy for this hospital by taking into account the various cost components, such as those for staffing, incorrect treatment, and waiting. We also find the optimal investment in telemedicine technology that offers the best trade-off between the quality and accuracy of telemedicine services and the cost of technology. Under certain conditions, the hospital does not offer any telemedicine services. When it does, it may or may not invest in the most advanced technology available. Finally, we provide the optimal tele-specialist policy of which patients to treat remotely via telemedicine and which patients to refer to the experts for a face-to-face consultation. We show that a policy of treating all patients via tele-medicine is never optimal.

Keywords

Queuing system; Technology investment; Telemedicine

Discipline

Medicine and Health Sciences | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

Publication

13th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2007): 10-12 August 2007, Keystone, CO: Proceedings

Volume

1

First Page

226

Last Page

232

ISBN

9781604233810

Publisher

Association for Information Systems

City or Country

Atlanta, GA

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781604233810

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