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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Doctor Will See You Now...

Ever knock yourself out to get to a doctor's appointment on time... only to sit in the waiting room for what seems like forever? Scheduling problems waste everybody's time, including the doctor's. IBM is teaming up with Florida International University to pilot a new, "smarter" patient scheduling system that is based on autonomic computing principles.

The system attempts to take into account variables such as usage spikes, equipment maintenance periods and time required for specific procedures. It also tries to construct schedules based on patients' specific needs based on their records, and the estimated length of time they would need with the doctor. Ultimately, the system would help cut costs as well as improve patient care.

Source: Techdirt