Streamlining physician peer review process and capacity prediction using simulation
by Hyunsoo Lee, Josie R. Williams, Kathy K. Mechler, Tracy L. Adams, Kim Clay, Tammy L. Wilemon, Robert Morrow, Amarnath Banerjee
International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise (IJCENT), Vol. 1, No. 3/4, 2010

Abstract: This paper provides insight into the use of simulation-based method to streamline the process of conducting a virtual medical peer review programme. The Rural Community and Health Institute (RCHI), a component of the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, has developed an effective virtual physician peer review programme that removes bias and promotes education. This programme targets predominantly rural areas spread over a large geographic area. While this methodology is effective in promoting the ability to conduct effective distance physician peer review, the success of the programme creates the programme management challenging issues. This paper describes how these limitations were addressed by streamlining the peer review record management process utilising a simulation based approach by identifying bottlenecks in the process, streamlining the process, eliminating redundant process steps, and enhancing some of the processes with additional automation.

Online publication date: Tue, 01-Feb-2011

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