Healthcare Systems

Challenges and Opportunities

Healthcare Systems

Edited by

Sondès Chaabane, Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, France
Etienne Cousein, Valenciennes Hospital Center, France
Philippe Wieser, EPFL, Switzerland

ISBN : 9781786307996

Publication Date : April 2022

Hardcover 284 pp

165.00 USD



This book is centered around the development of agile, high-performing healthcare institutions that are well integrated into their environment. The aim is to take advantage of artificial intelligence, optimization and simulation methods to provide solutions to prevent, anticipate, monitor and follow public health developments in order to intervene at the right time, using tools and resources that are both appropriate and effective. The focus is on the people involved – the patients, as well as medical, technical and administrative staff – in an effort to provide an efficient healthcare and working environment that meets safety, quality and productivity requirements.

Healthcare Systems has been written by healthcare professionals, researchers in science and technology as well as in the social sciences and humanities from various French-speaking countries. It explores the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology in our practices, organizations and management techniques.


Part 1. Optimization and Simulation of Healthcare Systems.
1. Towards a Prototype for the Strategic Recomputing of Schedules in Home Care Services, Cléa Martinez, Maria Di Mascolo, Marie-Laure Espinouse and Jérôme Radureau.
2. Home Healthcare Scheduling Activities, Rym Ben Bachouch Jacquin and Jihene Tounsi.
3. Optimal Sizing of an Automated Dispensing Cabinet Under Adjacency Constraints, Khalid Hachemi, Didier Gourc and François Marmier.
4. Validation of an Automated and Targeted Pharmaceutical Analysis Tool at the CHU de Liège, Sophie Streel, Nathalie Maes, Véronique Goncette, Laurence Seidel, Denis Menager, Adelin Albert, Philippe Kolh and Didier Maesen.
5. Simulation of Countermeasures in the Face of Covid-19 Using a Linear Compartmental Model, Alain Guinet.

Part 2. Digital and New Technologies for Health Services.
6. Towards a New Classification of Medical Procedures in Belgium, Pol Leclercq, Sarah Bardiaux, Djohra Azzi, Julie Van Den Bulcke and Magali Pirson.
7. Digital Toolkit for the Ergonomic Evaluation of Workstations, Valentin Rochat and Antoine Hayek.
8. Simulation on an RFID Interactive Tabletop with Tangible Objects of Future Working Conditions: Prospects for Implementation in the Hospital Sector, Yoann Lebrun, Nicolas Vispi, Sophie Lepreux, Sondès Chaabane and Christophe Kolski.
9. Robotic Geriatric Assistant: A Pilot Assessment in a Real-world Hospital, Dimitri Voilmy, Karine Lan Hing Ting, Ana Iglesias, Rebeca Marfil, Juan Pedro Bandera, Fernando Fernandez and Quitterie De Roll.
10. Perspectives on the Patient Experience (PX) of People with Disabilities in the Digital Age: From UX to PX, Djilali Idoughi, Karim Touloum, Yohan Guerrier and Christophe Kolski.

Part 3. Change Management and Organizational Innovations.
11. Jointly Improving the Experience of All Stakeholders in Hospital 4.0: The ICSSURP Initiative, Wilson Goudalo, Christophe KOLSKI and Frédéric Vanderhaegen.
12. A Tool-based Approach to Analyze Operating Room Schedule Execution: Application to Online Management, Leah Rifi, Franck Fontanili and Michel Jeanney.
13. Planning Patient Journeys in Outpatient Hospitals to Support the Ambulatory Shift, Virginie Fortineau and Lucie Roussel.
14. Treatment Protocols Generated by Machine Learning: Putting a Case Study of Hospitalization at Home into Perspective, Alice Martin, Jean-Baptiste Guillaume, Alain Guinet and Julien Fondrevelle.
15. Resilience of Healthcare Teams: Case Study of Two Cardiology Intensive Care Units, Racha Lamari.

About the authors/editors

Sondès Chaabane is a researcher at the Laboratory of Automation, Mechanics and Industrial and Human Computer Science (LAMIH UMR CNRS 8201) at Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France and a lecturer at INSA Hauts-de-France. Her research focuses on the control and resilience of complex systems that combine optimization, simulation and artificial intelligence techniques.

Etienne Cousein is Head of the Pharmacy Department at the Valenciennes Hospital Center, France, and Vice President of the Commission Médicale d'Établissement. His main research interests include automated distribution solutions and medicine management within electronic patient records.

Philippe Wieser is Honorary Professor at EPFL, Switzerland, and Professor at the École des Ponts ParisTech, France. His fields of research are predominantly related to project management, industrial supply chain management and hospital logistics.