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

Waste Identification

  • Determination of process bottlenecks
  • Highlighting of other wastes such as delays, excess work in progress, etc.

Process Indicators

  • 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: