Healthcare operational research includes a wide range of topics spanning both industry and academia. Some common research areas include:

Emergency medical services planning

  • Analysis of response time intervals and causes of delay
  • Determination of optimal ambulance locations to reduce response times
  • Determination of public access defibrillator locations to improve bystander participation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

    Improving hospital operations

  • Modelling and analysis of patient flows throughout a hospital
  • Scheduling of outpatient clinics and surgical rooms

    Cancer therapy

  • Improving the quality radiation therapy treatment plans
  • Process improvement for magnetic resonance imaging