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One of the major challenges faced by any health administration is the optimal allocation and use of health resources (human resource include) within a system where their availability is limited with the final aim of decreasing morbidity and mortality from disease burden. The present work describes a system: RAM (Resource Allocation Model) for the allocation of health resources in a defined region. The system considers different phases: acquisition of the information regarding geographical and meteorological data, demographic, socio-cultural and epidemiological data, health status of the population, existing resources, etc. Starting from these data, the system plans and suggests an allocation of health resources, fixing the goals to obtain (with a given budget, to reduce the incidence of one or more diseases, or with a given percentage of reduction of the incidence factor of a given disease, to evaluate the budget needed to obtain this goal).
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1992 14th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (Volume:3 )
Date of Conference: Oct. 29 1992-Nov. 1 1992