Optimization of the South African National Specimen Transport Network.

The South African National Health Laboratory (NHLS) is the largest diagnostic pathology service provider in South Africa and through a national network of laboratories, it is responsible for supporting the national and provincial health departments in the delivery of healthcare. NHLS currently utilizes a courier network for the transportation of specimens from healthcare facilities to laboratories. This project will identify possible systems efficiencies using geospatial optimization through 1) reducing specimen turnaround times, 2) removal of political boundaries for more efficient vehicle routing, and 3) determining optimal sample pathways.

Lead SPH Researcher

Brooke Nichols

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