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Heuristic policies for mobile asset sharing within hospitals

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dc.contributor.author Ersol, Duygu
dc.contributor.author Fescioğlu Ünver, Nilgün
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-03T14:44:47Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-03T14:44:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Ersol, D., & Fescioglu-Unver, N. (2017). Heuristic policies for mobile asset sharing within hospitals. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 111, 352-363. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0360-8352
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cie.2017.07.038
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/1593
dc.description.abstract Hospitals that share their mobile assets among departments can use real time locating systems (RTLS) to track the assets. Caregivers use RTLS to locate the closest assets and request these assets from those departments. However caregivers state that they are reluctant to give permission to asset transfers, and if they need an asset right after authorizing the transfer to another department, they regret their decision. The aim of this study is to provide simple and easily applicable asset transfer policies to be integrated with RTLS and decrease the number of regrets. The policies introduced determine the departments to transfer an asset from and recommend a set of assets to caregivers. These policies use sorting and time series forecasting methods to transform the asset availability and demand data gathered from RTLS, into useful information. We use simulation method to test the performance of the policies in a medium sized hospital environment. Results show that using RTLS to transfer the closest assets significantly increases the number of regrets. The proposed policies decrease the number of regrets while keeping the time it takes an asset to reach a patient at a low level. Policies are robust to changes in demand rate and demand patterns. Integrating RTLS with decision support mechanisms significantly improves the value RTLS provides. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/closedAccess
dc.subject Asset tracking en_US
dc.subject Hospitals en_US
dc.subject Real time locating systems en_US
dc.subject Asset sharing policies en_US
dc.title Heuristic policies for mobile asset sharing within hospitals en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.relation.journal Computers & Industrial Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.department TOBB ETU, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.department TOBB ETÜ, Mühendislik Fakültesi, Endüstri Mühendisliği Bölümü tr_TR
dc.identifier.volume 111
dc.identifier.startpage 352
dc.identifier.endpage 363
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000410468600029
dc.identifier.scopus 2-s2.0-85026643823
dc.contributor.tobbetuauthor Fescioğlu-Ünver, Nilgün
dc.contributor.YOKid 143684
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.cie.2017.07.038
dc.contributor.ScopusAuthorID 9639266600
dc.relation.publicationcategory Uluslararası yayın tr_TR


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