RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — An N.C. State sophomore is trying to figure out a way to make hospitals run more efficiently.
Nishant Singh started researching the healthcare system when he was still in high school.
Now, a student in NC State’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, he’s helped develop a way to analyze hospitals’ efficiency and find ways to treat more patients without a substantial cost increase.
“If the hospital is running efficiently that means the patients are there for the least amount of time which is a win-win situation,” explained Singh.
Using simulation software, he can determine where patients are spending the most time, and how adding resources in different parts of the hospital would affect the number of people treated.
Singh, who leads the local chapter of a charity that helps kids across the world access healthcare, food and shelter, says he was inspired to start this research during a trip to a hospital in India.
His ultimate goal is to help health care facilities in third world countries.
“What I want to do is help other places that don’t have as much of a strong infrastructure and analysis of how hospitals work so they can help people in a local area treat as many patients as they can,” he said.