Aleida Braaksma

Dr. A. Braaksma.

Graduate Stochastic Operations Research

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

University of Twente

P.O. box 217

7500 AE Enschede

The Netherlands

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Abstract thesis (download)

Timely and efficient planning of treatments through intelligent scheduling

When people experience health problems, this often leads to a period of concern and stress. Both for patients’ physical and mental well-being, it is essential that healthcare processes are organized in the best possible way. This thesis aims to support hospitals in realizing excellent quality of patient service, whilst utilizing resources efficiently.

By developing methodologies based on techniques from operations research, also known as mathematical decision theory, the research presented provides decision support for the planning and scheduling of healthcare processes. Three specific challenges are addressed. First, online appointment scheduling, providing patients with prompt responses to their appointment requests. Second, as an alternative, enabling patients to walk in for certain types of diagnostics or treatment without an appointment. And third, integral capacity planning in the inpatient care chain: aligning resource capacities of inpatient wards with the operating room schedule and emergency patient arrivals, and staffing nurses accordingly.

All studies in this thesis exemplify how healthcare operations research enables simultaneous improvements in both quality of care and logistical efficiency.

Publications

 

N. Kortbeek, A. Braaksma, C.A.J. Burger, P.J.M. Bakker, R.J. Boucherie. Flexible nurse staffing based on hourly bed census predictions. International Journal of Production Economics, 161:167-180, 2015.

N. Kortbeek, A. Braaksma, H.F. Smeenk, P.J.M. Bakker, R.J. Boucherie. Integral resource capacity planning for inpatient care services based on bed census predictions by hour. Journal of the Operational Research Society (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jors.2014.67.

N. Kortbeek, M.E. Zonderland, A. Braaksma, I.M.H. Vliegen, R.J. Boucherie, N. Litvak, E.W. Hans. De-

signing cyclic appointment schedules for outpatient clinics with scheduled and unscheduled patient arrivals. Performance Evaluation, 80:5-26, 2014.

A. Braaksma, N. Kortbeek, G.F. Post, F. Nollet. Integral multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment planning. Operations Research for Health Care, 3(3):145-159, 2014.

C.J. van Oostveen, A. Braaksma, H. Vermeulen. Developing and testing a computerized decision support system for nurse-to-patient assignment: A multimethod study. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(6):276-285, 2014.

Presentations

2014

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Operational Research Applied to Health Services, Lisbon, Portugal

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EURO Summer Institute XXXI, Bard, Italy

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Symposium Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, Enschede, The Netherlands

2013

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Operational Research Applied to Health Services, Istanbul, Turkey

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INFORMS Healthcare, Chicago, United States

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Symposium Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (poster), Enschede, The Netherlands

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Conference Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research, Lunteren, The Netherlands

2012

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INFORMS Annual Conference, Phoenix, United States

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Operational Research Applied to Health Services, Enschede, The Netherlands

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3TU AMI Spring Festival (poster), Enschede, The Netherlands

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Dutch Mathematical Conference (poster), Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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Symposium Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2011

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Operational Research Applied to Health Services, Cardiff, Wales

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Symposium Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (poster), Enschede, The Netherlands

2010

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Operational Research Applied to Health Services, Genova, Italy

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Conference Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research, Lunteren, The Netherlands

Teaching

Coordinator and Teacher, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Master Module: Healthcare Logistics and Information Systems, 2011 - present

Supervising Master Students, University of Twente, Enschede

During my PhD project I am supervising master students in both Applied Mathematics and Industrial Engineering & Management on various topics in healthcare logistics

Guest Lectures, University of Twente, Enschede

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Master Module: Medical Decision Making, 2011

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Master Module: Quantitative Methods for OM in Health Care, 2014 and 2015

Awards and Grants

2014

Presentation Award, Symposium Centre for Telematics and Information Technology,

Second Prize

 

Title Presentation: Careful Planning and Scheduling

 

 

2013

Scholarship, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds – Carolus Magnus Fonds

 

This scholarship enabled me to spend a research visit at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, United States) from 09/2013 to 11/2013.

 

 

2013

Poster Award, Symposium Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, First

Prize

 

Title Poster: Making Capacity Planning of Inpatient Care Future Proof

 

 

2012

Poster Award, Spring Festival 3TU Applied Mathematics Institute, First Prize

 

Title Poster: Integral Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment Planning

 

 

2011

Thesis Award, Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research, Second

Prize

 

Title Thesis: Integral Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment Planning

 

 

2010

Thesis Award, Menzis and University of Twente, First Prize

 

Title Thesis: Integral Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment Planning

 

 

2010

Thesis Award, High Tech Human Touch, Second Prize

 

Title Thesis: Integral Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment Planning