A Method and Tool for Strategic Hospital Planning

  • Dominique BrodbeckEmail author
  • Markus Degen
  • Andreas Walter
  • Serge Reichlin
  • Christoph Napierala
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 574)


We developed a visualization tool and a methodology to support strategic planning of hospital service portfolios. Hospitals in Switzerland are reimbursed with a fixed fee per case. The fixed-fee model makes medical services comparable from a financial point of view. In order to take advantage of this model, the data that characterizes the medical services must be operationalized. The method that we developed, centers around a visual metaphor that provides the basis for strategic thinking. It is complemented by a visualization tool that allows visualization, analysis, and modification of service portfolios. Special features enable the tool to be used during live planning sessions. We describe the method, the tool, and its application in strategy workshops for infrastructure planning, reorganization, and resource optimization decisions.


Strategic hospital planning DRG Visual analytics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominique Brodbeck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Markus Degen
    • 1
  • Andreas Walter
    • 2
  • Serge Reichlin
    • 3
  • Christoph Napierala
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern SwitzerlandMuttenzSwitzerland
  2. 2.Inselspital, Bern University HospitalBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.University Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of Lucerne and Siemens Schweiz AGLucerneSwitzerland

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