Healthcare & Life Sciences

How healthcare and life sciences companies can use optimization-powered decision support software to improve patient outcomes, reduce operating expenses and increase ROI

The Importance of Planning, Scheduling and Logistics Optimization for Healthcare and Life Sciences

The last few years have pushed the healthcare and life sciences industries in entirely new ways. Providers and manufacturers alike must make difficult planning, scheduling, logistics, and workforce utilization decisions every day. These decisions must comply with various rules and regulations while also trying to make the best use of limited materials, equipment and human resources such as manufacturing equipment, hospital beds, medical equipment, facilities, and operating rooms.

To achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and the business, healthcare and life sciences organizations need to make the best planning, scheduling and logistics optimization decisions.
Pharma production

Optimization-powered Decision Support Software Systems can Help

Although purpose-built software solutions exist that embed optimization technology, they rarely meet organizations’ specific requirements out-of-the-box. This is especially common in healthcare. As a result, they can become very expensive to maintain or enhance and can lead to rigidity and other challenges down the road.

Modular, Semi-Custom Planning, Scheduling and Logistics Optimization-Based Systems Deliver Maximum Value for Minimal Cost

DecisionBrain offers modular and highly configurable planning, scheduling, workforce and logistics optimization systems. By leveraging DB Gene, DecisionBrain’s low-code development platform, fully custom solutions can usually be delivered in 2 to 7 months with a return on investment in under a year.
Hospital rooms scheduling

Healthcare & Life Sciences Use Cases

Optimization-based software systems are commonly applied to solving healthcare industry use cases such as:
  • Production planning and scheduling for the manufacturing of devices and pharmaceuticals, including biologics
  • Strategic manpower and infrastructure planning
  • Tactical planning, scheduling and routing of home nurses and caregivers, paramedics, hospital teams, and even field sales reps
  • Healthcare capacity planning at both national and local levels
  • Manufacturing capacity planning
  • Planning and scheduling of rooms and equipment to support operations and other healthcare services
  • Patient flow logistics optimization to reduce length of stay
  • Pharmaceutical and device supply chain and logistics optimization

Benefits to Patients, Producers, Providers and Employees

Using mathematical optimization for critical scheduling, planning and logistics decisions can provide the following benefits to all stakeholders:
  • Lower drug and medical device prices due to manufacturing and logistics efficiency improvements
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Better alignment of resources and staffing with the KPIs that matter
  • More efficient scheduling of outpatient and hospital appointments
  • Higher employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Increased visits per day and reduced scheduling and travel time for sales and other field staff
  • Faster and more appropriate response to surges in product demand
  • More efficient distribution of vaccines and other products to end users
  • More effective responses to supply chain disruptions
Scheduling pharma sales reps

Customer Case Study: Large Multinational Pharmaceutical Company

A multinational pharmaceutical company was struggling with a time-consuming workforce scheduling process that was negatively impacting the productivity of their field pharmaceutical sales representatives (PSRs) and leading them to miss certain key sales activity targets.

Learn how DecisionBrain’s modular mathematical optimization platform helped this company maximize productivity, meet visit frequency requirements and reduce the time PSRs spend scheduling appointments.