Simulation Software for Healthcare


From optimizing emergency departments to improving patient pathways, SIMUL8 simulation software is trusted by healthcare organizations around the globe to safely assess ways to improve efficiency, minimize costs and deliver better patient care.


What is healthcare simulation?


Healthcare process simulation involves the use of digital, interactive models to replicate an existing or proposed healthcare service or system.


Hospitals and healthcare systems are complex with a huge range of variables that impact performance and patient care. Managing variability, understanding its impact between departments and organizations, and implementing process improvements is difficult without the right tools.

This is why healthcare organizations rely on simulation to help better understand how processes and systems work, and how these would behave when changes occur. Simulation gives you the ability to test ‘what-if’ experiments and safely assess the impact of changes across a unit, hospital or entire health system without any risk to patients or staff.

Any healthcare process can be simulated - from the flow of patients through an emergency department, to the staff schedule for an operating room suite, or the way that patients with different conditions use health services.

Simulation also incorporates the real life randomness and variation that healthcare systems experience every day. Patients are all individual with conditions developing a different rates, they don’t always arrive to appointments on time, and each appointment can take different amount of time, depending on patient needs.

By including this variability, the simulation reflects reality and behaves in exactly the same way as it would in real life.

Learn more about how SIMUL8 simulation software is used by healthcare providers below and get in touch with our team if you have any questions.


What is healthcare simulation used for?


Simulation enables healthcare organizations to build stronger business cases for change across a range of departments and value streams. Common healthcare challenges that simulation can help solve include:


Hospital bed capacity planning and forecasting

Forecast bed demand, identify solutions for increasing capacity and improve performance against patient waiting time targets.

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Improve emergency department performance

Safely test changes to layouts, processes and resources to improve ED patient flow, reduce length of stay and improve service quality.

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Population health planning and management

Understand key population health issues, test changes to systems and provide evidence for planning, financing and designing new models of care.

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Strategic healthcare decision making

From workforce planning to supply chain management, support long-term decisions that deliver on improved care, costs and efficiency.

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Planning or reconfiguring healthcare facilities

Visualize how healthcare facilities are used, highlight bottlenecks or capacity issues and test changes to maximize efficiency and patient flow.

Optimizing OR planning and scheduling

Identify and optimize OR staffing, process flows, workload levels and scheduling of surgical procedures in a risk-free, safe environment.

Workforce planning and resource utilization

Ensure that equipment and staff are available in the right numbers with the right skill mix to deliver the best quality care for patients.

Improve supporting healthcare services

Optimize ancillary service processes such as emergency call centers, insurance claim processes, hospital valet car parking services, and more.

What do you want to achieve with simulation?

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Why do healthcare organizations use SIMUL8?


SIMUL8 simulation software combines ease of use with powerful features to help healthcare providers to make evidence-based process improvement decisions.


Powerful, but easy to use software

Simulate any healthcare process, no matter the size or complexity. Quickly build simulations using a drag and drop interface and utilize Visual Logic coding language to customize any aspect to your exact needs.

Fast, accurate results to make confident decisions

With the fastest simulation engine available, SIMUL8 delivers insight to allow you to make quick, effective decisions. Extensive results can be customized and exported in a range of formats.

Understand the impact of variablility

Drive simulations that reflect the real-life variability that impact healthcare processes using built-in statistical distributions or connect to your own data from Microsoft Excel, VB, and C++.

Trusted by organizations for healthcare performance improvement

Organizations like Johns Hopkins, Geisinger Health System and the UK NHS use SIMUL8 discrete event simulation software to solve common challenges, make significant cost savings and drive quality improvement in healthcare.


"SIMUL8 has been a valuable application for expanding our range and depth of analytical abilities. It should be considered an important tool in the design of every robust healthcare performance improvement program."

Todd S. Roberts MBA, System Director of Operations Improvement, Memorial Health System

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