08 February 2013

Bright idea gets a gong

An RMIT University researcher has received recognition from the USA for his work on a computer simulation aimed at helping reduce patient waiting times in hospital.

Dr Arun Kumar, senior lecturer in the School of Aeronautical, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, has received a Bright Idea Award, given annually by the NJPRO Foundation.

The foundation is the public policy research affiliate of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

The award was given in association with New Jersey Business Magazine and the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University.

The award was for a paper describing a computer simulation created by Dr Kumar and Dr Sung J Shim, of Stillman, which modelled and evaluated proposed changes to emergency care procedures in hospitals.

The model showed that proposed changes, which included the addition of another payment station and a new short-stay ward, could effectively reduce patient waiting times.

Dr Kumar shares the award with Dr Shim.

"Receiving this award is a great honour and recognition for the work Dr Shim and I have done," Dr Kumar said.

"It shows computer simulation can be used very effectively within the healthcare industry, where spiralling costs require any proposed changes to be as effective as possible."

The award-winning paper can be found on the Stillman School of Business website (PDF 210 KB).

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