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Problem

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center — has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Today, MSKCC is one of 47 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Improving patient wait times for infusion is of paramount importance for MSK. Over the course of the past 10 years, MSK has engaged with various consulting firms and process improvement experts – as well as their internal team of industrial engineers and analysts – in an attempt to design interactive tools that would help them better predict and plan for the extreme variability in operational workflows of their high volume infusion units which are distributed in New York City and the surrounding suburban areas. Most of these efforts yielded small and unsustainable improvement without offering MSK what it needed most: a predictive tool or simulation model that could be used for planning volume, visit distribution and resource utilization for their infusion units.

Solution

MSKCC leaders tested iQueue for Infusion Centers at its 13-chair Gynecologic Oncology Infusion unit in midtown Manhattan with the goal of optimizing their templates, providing daily management guidance about what to expect each day, understanding what went wrong and – most importantly – use schedule alert tools that help staff react to changing conditions.

Results

The following results were calculated by comparing the six month period post-iQueue launch to the analogous six months in the previous calendar year.

0%
DECREASE in overall average wait times
0%
DECREASE in average wait times during peak hours
0%
DECREASE in average wait times on peak days
0%
INCREASE in average volumes on slowest day of the week

Utilization Curve Before

MSK before curve

Utilization Curve After

MSK after curve
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