Using Simulation Models as Early Strategic Decision Support in Health Care - Designing a Medical 3D Printing Center at Point of Care in Hospitals

Philipp Url, Stefan Paal, Thomas Rosenzopf, Nikolaus Furian, Wolfgang Vorraber, Siegfried Voessner, Martin Toedtling, Ulrike Zefferer, Ute Schaefer

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We present a scalable simulation model of a medical 3D printing center at point of care, which is used for early strategic decision making concerning its configuration. The model is part of an ongoing research initiative where 3D printing technology is designed and assessed for the purpose of producing patient specific medical devices at point of care. The model captures uncertainties in medical 3D printing technology, resulting yield, maintenance, clinical process, and organizational factors. Based on a set of defined scenarios capturing current and future demand including ramp up phases the model's performance can then be evaluated and used for estimating associated requirements and operational performance. We present the model itself, its underlying simplifications and assumptions as well as input data and several scenarios. The results and their impact on strategic decisions will also be discussed.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publication2021 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC)
PublisherIEEE Publications
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-3312-9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021
EventWinter Simulation Conference - Simulation for a Smart World: From Smart Devices to Smart Cities: WSC 2021 - Hybrider Event, Phoenix, United States
Duration: 12 Dec 202115 Dec 2021


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference - Simulation for a Smart World: From Smart Devices to Smart Cities
Abbreviated titleWSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHybrider Event, Phoenix

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