December 12, 2017By Lance Baily

FlexSim Healthcare Improves Performance with Simulated Patient Flow

Have you seen healthcare simulation modeling in action? Simulation in healthcare is not just for clinical practice! Imagine you could simulate the patient flow for an entire hospital — making numerous small changes for a big impact to reduced wait times, increased processing, and more satisfied patients. With FlexSim Healthcare software you can model, analyze, and improve healthcare systems — like Baptist Florida Health did to reduce door to provider time for patients by 46%!

Simulation in this sense, is the science of modeling complex sequences of events, and when it is specifically adapted for healthcare facilities it can unify every aspect of healthcare management. And all this can now be done in the easiest way possible, with drag-and-drop controls and an intuitive, patient-centered design. Think of it as a visual spreadsheet, coming to life!

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About the Healthcare Module From FlexSim

HC is a FlexSim HC allows you to analyze all of the components to patient outcomes and evaluate the impact they have on your healthcare system, all in a patient-centered virtual environment. The solutions you find will be accurate, and will help your healthcare organization be as efficient as possible without the risk of real-world experimentation and without sacrificing the ability of practitioners to do what they do best: help patients get better. FlexSim was designed to run on any modern Windows system, however, unique or complex modeling situations may carry additional hardware requirements.

Running experiments in FlexSim HC is a powerful way to test “what if” scenarios  which typically result in a heap of raw data from numerous scenarios and replications, which can be visualized, processed and utilized.

Simulation should be just as capable of being visually compelling as it is analytically compelling. FlexSim HC’s fully 3D visuals, using the latest OpenGL graphics, allow you to see exactly what’s going on in the model as its running. It’s much easier to compare results when you can visually see what’s happening to your simulated healthcare system. The 3D visuals also create opportunities for communication and teamwork among all the stakeholders in patients’ outcomes.

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A simulation with accurate 3D models of the personnel, equipment, and furniture found in your healthcare facility is far more compelling than a simple chart. And when you combine the power of FlexSim HC with your favorite spreadsheet or database programs, you can use the data for almost anything. With Exploratory Simulation, you can obtain a better understanding of your processes than we are in obtaining an answer to specific questions. So rather than answer “exactly how many nurses will we need in the ER,” you can better understand what occupies the time of the nurses you currently have.

Case Study from Use of FlexSim by Baptist Health Florida


  • Reduce patient Length of Stay (LOS)
  • Reduce Door to Provider time
  • Optimize staffing hours


  • Decreased Door to Provider time lower acuity patients by 8% with Rapid Care Unit (RCU)
  • Decreased LOS for lower acuity patients by 27% with RCU
  • Decreased Door to Provider time by 46% with Rapid Evaluation (REV)
  • Ability to provide optimal staffing levels for nurses and physicians

Are you using simulation modeling in your healthcare system? Leave us a comment and share how you have utilized this emerging technology to improve performance and patient outcomes…

Learn more on FlexSim’s Healthcare Page!

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