Optimisation of the structure of the clinical laboratory

G.G. van Merode*, M. Oosten, O.J. Vrieze, J. Derks, A. Hasman

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In many clinical laboratories span of control problems make it necessary to divide the clinical laboratory into sections (departments, job shops). A section is in fact a set of workstations where tests are performed on samples. A mathematical programming model is described which clusters workstations in such way that the maximum idle time of staff in staff assignment periods is minimized. An example demonstrates the usefulness of the approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-316
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1998


  • optimisation
  • stochastic processes
  • production
  • organisation
  • health services

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