Group for Research in Decision Analysis

Optimization of the Accumulating Priority Queue with an Application to Emergency Department Service Targets

Richard J. Caron University of Windsor, Canada

This talk will begin with a brief overview of recent work by Stanford et al on waiting time distributions in the accumulating priority queue. The application to service delivery in emergency departments will be developed and a model will be developed with six parameters. The parameters will be the initial priority assignments and the rate of priority accumulation for three different patient classes. A probabilistic hit and run algorithm will be presented within a simulation framework to find optimal values of the parameters.

This seminar is organized jointly with the Montreal section of CORS and financially supported by the CORS Traveling Speakers Program.