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Towards resource pooling in cooperative health care networks: Case of medical supply centralization

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2 Author(s)
Imene Elhachfi Essoussi ; GIPSA-Lab., INPG, St. Martin d'Heres, France ; Pierre Ladet

Currently, health care providers are competing in a consumer market under financial pressure and resources shortage. Thus, hospitals begin to form networks and develop more logistic cooperation between them in order to maximize the output/ throughput. In this paper, we study the case of the centralization of medical supplies in a French health care network. We analyze the potential gains of such cooperative scheme through multi criteria optimization approach associated to an integrated inventory- location- allocation problem. A procedure of three steps is suggested to solve the whole problem.

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Computers & Industrial Engineering, 2009. CIE 2009. International Conference on

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6-9 July 2009