A multi-agent resource allocation framework for patient journey shortening

Chung Ho Choi*, Kwok Wai CHEUNG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The fast growing and dynamic demands on the existing complex healthcare services make healthcare resource management challenging. The focus of this paper is on cancer patient journey shortening with better allocation of resources. The issue is non-trivial as improving the experience of any patient may however affect that of the others who are sharing the same pool of resources allocated to different medical units. In particular, we study how additional resources, if available, can be strategically allocated to the medical units involved in cancer treatment in a dynamic manner to achieve better patient journey shortening effect. A multi-agent resource allocation approach is adopted and a 3-level bidding mechanism designed based on the organizational structure of the public hospitals in Hong Kong is proposed. The journey shortening is achieved via the design of the bid formulation so that the additional resources can be allocated on-demand to medical units. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework and its variants on journey shortening, we developed a simulation model based on an anonymized dataset obtained from Hospital Authority in Hong Kong and carried out a series of experiments with promising results obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2010
Pages481-486
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2010 - HongKong, China
Duration: 18 Dec 201021 Dec 2010

Publication series

Name2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2010

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2010
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHongKong
Period18/12/1021/12/10

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bidding
  • Dynamic resource allocation
  • Health service
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Patient journey shortening

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