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Health research is one of these priorities in every economy and through this research an emphasis will be put on translational research in the context of more sustainable and efficient healthcare system (translation of operations management practices to clinical applications). Healthcare systems in general and Emergency Departments in particular around the world are facing enormous challenges in meeting the increasingly conflicting objectives of providing wide accessibility and efficiency while delivering high quality and prompt services. The proposed framework integrates simulation modeling, balanced scorecard, and multi-criteria decision analysis aiming to provide a decision support system to emergency department managers. Simulation outputs are aggregated using analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to provide marginal performance regarding the achievement of the defined strategic as well as tactical and operational objectives. Communicating the significance of investigated strategies has encouraged managers to implement the framework recommendations in the emergency department within the hospital partner.
Abo-Hamad, W., Arisha, A.: Multi-Citeria Framework for an Emergency Department in an Irish Hospital. Winter Simulation Conference, Berlin, Germany, 9th.-12th. December, 2012.