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Healthcare engineering for an Efficient medical care system

By Pohwah Khong and Dhanjoo Ghista


Abstract: Rising costs and increasing expectations from patients (consumers) have caused healthcare planners to seek ways to improve efficiency, while striking a balance with the quality of services offered. This study explores how the integrated emerging technologies can play a valuable role in cost-effective medical and healthcare delivery by means of e-data computer simulation of clinical units, borderless data (such as intelligent patient medical records), engineering e-processes and systems analysis of primary-to-tertiary care systems. Incorporation of costly medical technologies into healthcare delivery is supposed to make: • medical diagnosis more timely and reliable • treatment more efficacious • the delivery system more cost-effective. However, this can only happen if: • all the components of the healthcare delivery system are analysed as a chain system without duplication of services • the submits of each of these components are also operating as a multi-compartmental system with feedback loops tying them into one integrated regulatory system, having the objectives of optimal patient care with streamlined operations. Finally, a virtual diagnostic clinic is constructed by means of a system dynamics approach to illustrate these concepts

Topics: healthcare engineering, emerging technology, healthcare efficiency, medical care system, virtual diagnosis clinic
Year: 2009
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