Emergency department crowding is an issue that widely affects healthcare, resulting in impaired patient outcomes, decreased access to healthcare, and diminished profitability. There is a need for predictive modeling solutions that can help alleviate emergency department crowding. 


Dr. Nathan Hoot at UTHealth has developed a forecasting tool for measuring and predicting patient flow through emergency departments, called ForecastED.  ForecastED is a simulation-based software tool to forecast near-future emergency department staffing needs.  It integrates with existing IT environment to provide real-time crowding forecasts. ForecastED has been validated in both retrospective and prospective studies performed at several hospitals nationwide.    

Licensing status:

This technology is available for licensing


Relevant publications:

Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Oct;54(4):514-522.e19. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2009.06.006. Epub 2009 Aug 29.

J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 May-Jun;16(3):338-45. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M2772. Epub 2009 Mar 4.

Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Aug;52(2):126-36. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2008.03.014. Epub 2008 Apr 23.

Patent Information:

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For Information, Contact:
Hannah Nelson
Senior Technology License Associate
University of Texas Health Science Center At Houston
Nathan Hoot
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