Material Distribution and Transportation in a Norwegian Hospital: A Case Study
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionIFAC-PapersOnLine. 2018, 51 (11), 352-357. 10.1016/j.ifacol.2018.08.316
Automated Guided Vehicles have shown significant importance in material transportation and distribution in today’s hospitals. The increasing trends of shorter hospital stays and increase of treatments and surgeries in clinics, present new challenges for the supply of goods. The rise in patients in hospitals, and consequently the increase of treatments and surgeries, cause a growth of material usage and goods movement. This study used the Control Model methodology to analyze the material and information flow within the case hospital. Information sharing and integration is still a major issue in the case hospital. The study aims to stimulate further research in material handling and distribution in hospitals.