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Scheduling medical tests: A solution to the problem of overcrowding in a hospital emergency department

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4 Author(s)
Di Lin ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., McGill Univ., Montreal, QC, Canada ; Labeau, F. ; Xidong Zhang ; GuiXia Kang

To improve the performance of hospital emergency department (ED), we propose a scheduling strategy to reduce the total time of medical tests in ED for a given number of patients. We model the schedulig strategy as a constraint logic programming problem, and then solve this problem with an open source software: Minizinc. Also we compare the medical test time with the scheduling strategy and that without scheduling, which is viewed as a benchmark for our proposed scheduling strategy. The results show that the scheduling strategy can save 12%-25% of medical test time.

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e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom), 2012 IEEE 14th International Conference on

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10-13 Oct. 2012

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