From optimizing emergency departments to improving patient pathways, SIMUL8 is trusted by healthcare organizations around the globe to safely assess ways to improve efficiency, minimize costs and deliver better patient care.
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.
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:
Visualize how healthcare facilities are used, highlight bottlenecks or capacity issues and test changes to maximize efficiency and patient flow.
Identify and optimize OR staffing, process flows, workload levels and scheduling of surgical procedures in a risk-free, safe environment.
Ensure that equipment and staff are available in the right numbers with the right skill mix to deliver the best quality care for patients.
Optimize ancillary service processes such as emergency call centers, insurance claim processes, hospital valet car parking services, and more.
Memorial Health System utilized SIMUL8 to make planning decisions to optimize capacity planning, system design, and patient flow ahead of construction.
"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 process improvement program."
The UK NHS Isle of Wight improved bed planning using SIMUL8, helping identify an extra 17% increase in capacity from the existing bed base.
"Consultants have been particularly impressed by our ability to recognize the maximum bed requirements and how often a certain number of beds will be utilized rather than referring to average bed requirements."
SIMUL8 simulation software combines ease of use with powerful features to help healthcare providers to make evidence-based process improvement decisions.
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.
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.
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++.
"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