Healthcare Planning in Emilia-Romagna Region (ERR)



Agenzia Sanitaria e Sociale Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna, a regional center for organizational and technological innovation in health care, decided to evaluate how Operations Research techniques could be exploited as decision support system tools for planning problems arising in the public regional health sector. The project aims to assess how numerical simulation and combinatorial optimization techniques, customized to the healthcare environment, can guarantee planning effectiveness through the integration with the set of approaches already used to support decision processes.

The idea of the collaboration is that informed and quantitative-driven decision-making processes can lead to an in-depth analysis of system dynamics and criticalities and, as a consequence, to more efficient and effective final solutions.

The problems that has been studied starting from this collaboration are:

  • Strategic workforce planning (forecast and fund allocation of medical specialization residency positions)
  • Breast Cancer screening simulation
  • Emergency management
  • Operating Room planning