Title: Performance of hospitals operating departments: the effect of logistic parameters

Authors: Zilla Sinuany-Stern; Osnat Cohen; Nir Shahkoohi

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, 8410501, Israel ' Operating Rooms Management, Soroka Hospital, P.O. Box 151, Beer-Sheva, 85025, Israel ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, 8410501, Israel

Abstract: Our case study analyses the performance of 24 operating departments in Soroka Hospital in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Data envelopment analysis (DEA) was used with five inputs and three outputs over two years. These inputs and outputs reflected mostly logistic parameters and income of operating rooms. In the three operating sites investigated, we found no significant difference in efficiency. We found that simple room utilisation ratio is not sufficient for measuring efficiency. As a by-product of DEA, benchmark analysis verified inputs and outputs which need improvements in order to reach full efficiency, relative to their peers.

Keywords: efficiency measures; data envelopment analysis; DEA; performance evaluation; logistics; operating rooms; hospitals; hospital operating departments; Israel; healthcare services.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2016.078488

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2016 Vol.25 No.1, pp.3 - 19

Received: 25 Sep 2014
Accepted: 30 Mar 2015

Published online: 26 Jul 2016 *

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