Optimal allocation of MRI scan capacity among competitive hospital departments

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Abstract

We consider an MRI scanning facility run by a Radiology department. Several hospital departments compete for capacity and have private information regarding their demand for scans. The fairness of the capacity allocation by the Radiology department depends on the quality of the information provided by the hospital departments. We employ a generic Bayesian game approach that stimulates the disclosure of true demand (truth-telling), so that capacity can be allocated fairly. We derive conditions under which truth-telling is a Bayesian Nash equilibrium. The usefulness of the approach is illustrated with a numerical example.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-637
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean journal of operational research
Volume219
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • MSC-91A10
  • OR in health services
  • Capacity allocation
  • Game theory
  • Private information

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