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This dissertation examines three distinct problems in the healthcare operations field and demonstrates how decision making can be improved in each setting. The first problem addresses how to make dynamic, real-time allocation decisions of testing time slots for a Cardiac Diagnostic Testing...
Due to the re-emergence of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in recent years, many public health experts believe that the world is closer to a pandemic event than at any time since the 1968 Hong Kong flu (H3N2) outbreak. Thus, governmental and private organizations have invested significant...
The study examines the implementation of managed competition in Florida as a legislated, decentralized, public-private partnership having the characteristics of a network. The policy subsystem model of Milward and Wamsley was used to examine the network, the network structure, the reasons and...
Purpose of study. This study is to determine whether DRG reimbursement has changed the structure of hospital costs. Due to incentives for greater output efficiency, inpatient per unit costs should fall, ceteris paribus. A countereffect for capital-intensive services is that hospitals may realize...
This dissertation investigates the effects of market forces and government regulation on the innovation decision of firms. Using Florida data on the adoption of high technology equipment in hospitals I analyzed the effects of market share, concentration, ownership including teaching status, cost...
The purpose of this dissertation is to study the development process of hospital information systems (HIS) in China's hospitals. The dissertation addressed five research questions: (1) What are the contextual conditions that impact China's hospital information systems (HIS) development? (2) How...
In July 1998, the Allegheny Health and Education Research Foundation (AHERF) declared bankruptcy amid allegations of deliberate falsification of financial statements. AHERF was a large Pennsylvania health network that grew rapidly from 1985 until 1998, largely through the purchase of financially...
I examine the problem of writing guaranteed renewable health insurance in the presence of medical spending growth. Prior research suggests that the growth and difficulty in forecasting future medical costs is an impediment to multiperiod health insurance, where contract reserves are used to pay...
A novel survey dataset on computed tomography (CT) machine acquisition is used to explore which theories best answer two questions from the decision making literature. First, what determines how much uncertainty a firm has when investing in updated technology? Second, what determines the value...
In recent years, certain health policy makers have emphasized the need for an increase in preventive services interventions as means to improve health outcomes and cut health care costs. Oftentimes, the debate around the purported benefits of prevention centers on the need to cut the costs of...