Discrete Event Simulation can be defined as a mathematical or logical model of a system that portrays that system’s state changes at given points in simulated time.
What are some of the benefits of simulation?
What If Scenarios
- Test of potential solutions/what if scenarios without impacting the actual system
- Determination of process bottlenecks
- Highlighting of other wastes such as delays, excess work in progress, etc.
- Means for testing key process indicators: current and new ones and where to measure in the process
No Closed Form Solution
- An approach when closed form solutions in analytics are not feasible
Communication and Training
- Process communication tool for team/sponsors/customers
- Process training for new process folks
Project Identification and Evaluation
- Platform for suggesting improvement projects
- Means for calculating return on investment for process improvement projects
In this short video, Professor Amitai Ziv, MD, founder and Director of MSR - The Israel Center for Medical Simulation, discusses the benefits of simulation in patient safety and quality education.
You can view Dr. Ziv’s video here: