Modelling the Acute Health System: Patient Flow Analysis for Improved Health Service Delivery

Justin Boyle, Sankalp Khanna, Derek Ireland, John O'Dwyer, Norm Good, David Sier, and Ross Sparks


Health care information systems, Data representation and visualization, Patient flow


Routine collection of health care information by government agencies provides a wealth of potential for improving the delivery of healthcare through the analysis of patient flow. We describe our work in secondary analysis (i.e. differing from the purpose originally intended) of hospital information datasets comprising episodes of patient care. Our patient flow tools and analyses have application to public health agencies striving to improve the productivity and efficiency of service delivery, where evidence-driven strategies are desired to support improved health outcomes.

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