Using models to validate changes to healthcare processes
from Healthcare Global
A model in its simplest form is a preview of coming construction. Chefs model their meals with menus and recipes. Software teams use flowcharts as models for applications that may entail hundreds of thousands of lines of code. Architects, who once modeled their buildings with foam board, continue today with 3-D renderings and building information modeling (BIM) applications that provide exquisitely detailed visualizations of projects. Models are critical to decision making because they provide a focus for discussion and analysis before an organization commits its future to an expensive and time-consuming project. In the healthcare world, static modeling of buildings can help architects anticipate construction costs and manage schedules, but this type of modeling does not necessarily create the most efficient workspaces for doctors and nurses, as well as inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients.
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