Artificial neural network based approach for blood demand forecasting: Fez transfusion blood center case study

TitreArtificial neural network based approach for blood demand forecasting: Fez transfusion blood center case study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKhaldi, R, A. Afia, E, Chiheb, R, Faizi, R
Conference NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Blood demand and supply management are considered one of the major components of a healthcare supply chain, since blood is a vital element in preserving patient's life. However, forecasting it faces several challenges including frequent shortages, and possible expiration caused by demand uncertainty of hospitals. This uncertainty is mainly due to high variability in the number of emergency cases. Thereupon, this investigation presents a real case study of forecasting monthly demand of three blood components, using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). The demand of the three blood components (red blood cells (RBC), plasma (CP) and platelets (PFC)) and other observations are obtained from a central transfusion blood center and a University Hospital. Experiments are carried out using three networks to forecast each blood component separately. Last, the presented model is compared with ARIMA to evaluate its performance in prediction. The results of this study depict that ANN models overcomes ARIMA models in demand forecasting. Thus high ANN models can be considered as a promising approach in forecasting monthly blood demand. © 2017 Association for Computing Machinery.




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