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Automation in Healthcare Internal Logistics: A Case Study on Practice and Potential
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), ISSN 0219-8770, Vol. 10, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current demographic development puts even greater demands on the healthcare sector which already struggle with scarce resources and constant pressure of cost reductions. This paper aims at through a multiple case study describe how automation of hospital internal logistics can be a tool in improving the efficiency. The results include several potential implementations for patient transports, waste handling and small goods transports. However, organizational issues as lack of ownership and a strategic view render difficulties and needs to be dealt with. The authors conclude that transfer of knowledge and technology used in manufacturing industry would be beneficial. 

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2013. Vol. 10, no 2
Keywords [en]
Automation, internal logistics, healthcare, case study
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Innovation and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217652DOI: 10.1142/S0219877013400129Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84899851982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217652DiVA, id: diva2:1157557
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Lean AutomationXPRESLEAD - Lean Automation Development
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
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QC 20171027

Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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