Recent figures of the CPB showed that health care expenditures in the Netherlands were around 9 percent of the GDP in 2010. With a net growth of 4.25 percent per year in the period 2001-2008, the growth percentage is almost three times as high as in the period from 1980-2000. The midterm forecast of CPB shows that in 2015 more than 10 percent of the GDP will be spent on health care.
With an increasing proportion of the population above 65 years and a strong relationship between age and expenditure on health care, the percentage of GDP that will be spent on health care will increase in the near future. Besides increasing expenditures, demographic changes, higher patient expectations and increasing requirements from government and health care financers have put pressure on the health care system. This pressure has led to a situation in which healthcare providers have to work more efficiently with available resources. In order to face the competition, hospitals and other providers have to find the delicate balance between demand and supply. This enables them to offer short admission times to patients, a sufficient service and controllable costs of resources.
Our research focuses on this balance between demand and supply, both on the tactical and operational level. Whenever possible we try to avoid peaks in demand by using advanced admission planning. On the supply side we avoid long periods of understaffing and we create flexibility to deal with the unavoidable uncertainty in demand. Good demand forecasting is of course crucial to good healthcare management. In our projects we can thus often reach a 50 percent reduction of patient admission times with the same level of resources.
Our lab is involved in a number of graduation projects of Bachelor and Master students. Some interesting, recently performed projects are:
Currently our lab is involved in the following (joint) research & development projects. These projects are usually conducted in collaboration with other universities and companies. Contact our us if you are interested in teaming up for a new project proposal.