Process optimization for hospital logistics

Process optimization for hospital logistics

Project Information

  • Contracting Entity: OrgaCard Siemantel & Alt GmbH
  • Minimal Project Duration: 24 months, January 2020 – December 2021


This project aims at developing solution methods for problems arising in the logistics management of the public health care sector. More specifically, transport orders in hospitals or other medical facilities should be allocated to employees in order to generate a plan of transport, that also incorporates the routes and execution times of all orders. In this plan, the routing of the transport orders shall be computed considering the infectiousness of the patients, the properties of the means of transportation and, among other requirements, the location of the responsible employee. Moreover the scheduled plan shall minimize order delays, transport distances and the burden of executing employees or other configurable criteria specified by the customers of OrgaCard.
Thus, the overall goal of this project is to organize transport logistics of medical facilities in an integrated mathematical framework in real time, using techniques of machine learning and combinatorial respectively discrete optimization.



The DMEA Young Talent Award is presented annually to the best Bachelor and Master theses in the fields of medical informatics, e-health, health IT, health management, health economics and healthcare management. In 2020, Alexander Müller’s master’s thesis “Ein Spaltenerzeugungsalgorithmus zur Optimierung von Transporten im Krankenhaus“ took first place in the master’s thesis category.


Alexander Müller, as last years winner of the DMEA Young Talent Award,
was interviewed by the organisers of the DMEA.

The interview can be read here:

People involved



Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg