With the aggressive movement towards testing for COVID-19 across the globe, this study aims to shed light on how testing facilities perform in an operational perspective.
With 102 testing facilities in the Philippines, the relative efficiencies of each facility are quantified using a data envelopment analysis technique. Afterwards, a best-worst method was conducted to assign priority weights to each testing facility.
Results show that the proposed approach effectively prioritizes testing facilities that most likely have high utilization.
The findings in this study would be significant to the literature in a number of respects. For one, it reveals results that would stimulate the interest among scholars in a wide variety of disciplines such as management, data mining, policymaking, decision science and epidemiology, among others.
This study differs from previous works in a number of respects, particularly, in that to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to examine the relative efficiencies of COVID-19 testing facilities.
The authors would like to acknowledge the Department of Health (DOH) – Republic of the Philippines for providing the data needed to carry out this study.
Velos, S.P., Go, M., Dayupay, J., Golbin, R.J., Cababat, F., Quiñanola, H. and Abellana, D.P.M. (2022), "Benchmarking of COVID-19 testing facilities: a case in the Philippines", Journal of Modelling in Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JM2-01-2021-0029
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