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Special Session
Special Session on
Health Applications
 - HA 2012

28 - 31 July, 2012 - Rome, Italy

Within the 2nd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - SIMULTECH 2012


Angela Testi
University of Genova
Brief Bio
Angela Testi is currently Associate Professor of Political Economy in the School of Economics, University of Genova, Italy, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, where she holds classes of Microeconomics, Health and Social Policies, Health Economics. Current research interests are in quantitative applications in health economics, with particular regards to: i) quantitative analysis of health systems productivity performance, clinical pathways and technical efficiency; ii) socioeconomic and deprivation factors affecting health status; iii) equity and prioritization issues; iv) tactical topics in hospital department planning strategies. She has been responsible of many research projects, has chaired some national and international conferences and collaborates with academic and health institutions.
Elena Tànfani
Università degli Studi di Genova
Brief Bio
Elena Tànfani received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Genova (Italy), in 2000 and 2004, respectively. She is currently a Research Assistant of Operations Research in the School of Economics, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, of the University of Genova, where she teaches Informatics and Economics. Her current research interests include mathematical modelling and object-oriented simulation applied to the analysis and performance evaluation of terminal containers and to hospital organisation and management. With reference to the health applications she has been recently involved with optimization models and ad hoc algorithms for the operating rooms scheduling and planning problem; algorithms and simulation models for waiting lists management and prioritization; Clinical Pathways (CPs) modelling and simulation. She is Guest Editor of the "Computers & Operations Research" special issue on "Operations Research for health care delivery", together with Angela Testi and Roberto Aringhieri and Co-Editor with Angela Testi of the book “Advanced decision making methods applied to Health Services” Springer International Series of Operations Research and Management Science.


The main difficulty of making decisions in the health care area is linked to the complexity and intrinsic uncertainty of the system itself and to its dynamic nature. Moreover, decisions in the health care field are subject to many challenges and constraints: fast change and uncertain outcomes, aging population, increasing citizen expectations, equity considerations and limited resources.
In this context simulation modelling techniques can supply the different stakeholders involved in the health care delivery process with appropriate decisions making tools.
The special session is aimed at collecting the application of simulation models to different concrete situations and problems arising in the broad field of health care delivery and evaluation.
A key feature of the session should be combining a clear explanation of methodological and theoretical concepts together with some reminds to practical applications. Each contribution should, therefore, contain both methodological and theoretical concepts as well as data collection and practical application and also the description of the impact on health care policy.

The main topics include but are not limited to:

• Health policies issues
• Planning health services
• Epidemiology and disease modeling
• Capacity planning
• Integrated care pathways design and evaluation
• Patient Logistics and Patient flow modeling
• Health care operations planning and scheduling
• Work-force staffing and planning
• Home care modeling
• Quality and appropriateness evaluation