As we were growing up, one of our favorite programs was Bewitched. For those of you who have never seen this program, it was about Samantha, a witch in the land of mortals who could twitch her nose to make things happen. Often, the things which were set in motion when she twitched her nose were typically not the things she wanted done, and the remainder of the episode was the undoing of that one twitch.
And to Keep your TeleTracking Applications Running Smoothly
Did you know that setting some time aside annually can help optimize the performance of TeleTracking at your health system? Many of us follow preventative and/or annual maintenance schedules for our autos, HVAC systems, smoke, fire, and carbon dioxide detectors to help ensure our safety and comfort. By taking a similar approach with your TeleTracking applications, you can help ensure that your solutions are functioning properly, providing the optimal support to the organization and driving the outcomes to meet your patient flow and throughput strategies.
As we celebrate National Nurses Week, let’s remember that nursing is a profession that existed since the dawn of time. Travelers during ancient times were cared for along known trade and travel routes. Locations were marked and visible to those in need. During Biblical times, nursing was part of the expression of faith – demonstrated by offering care and compassion to the afflicted. The Roman Empire saw an enhanced professionalism of nursing through both the systematic organization of work and the establishment of environments of care. Nursing is synonymous with a rich history of addressing pain, suffering and illness.
National Nurses Week (National Hospital Week) will be celebrated starting on May 6―through Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. This week provides a special opportunity to recognize the skilled, caring, compassionate care that nurses deliver to patients every day of the year. It showcases the nursing profession’s dedication to inspire, innovate and influence.
Optimized Hospital Capacity + Workforce = High Quality Patient Care
When valuable resources are in a limited supply, we find the best ways to maximize them and reduce the chances of wasting them. We do this with tangible resources like water and energy, as well as intangibles like time and influence. For example, an idling car consumes fuel just like a moving car; but only one of those cars achieves its intended purpose of reaching a destination.
Healthcare delivery is resource intensive―and one where an inordinate amount of waste occurs. Research from the Institute of Medicine suggests that over half a trillion dollars are wasted in the United States alone from sources such as unnecessary services, improper pricing, excessive administration and inefficient service delivery. The United States spends more on healthcare than many other nations, but our outcomes fall well behind those other nations. There are plenty of reasons as to why this occurs, including complex insurance structures, medication costs, and rapidly evolving, inconsistent regulations to name a few. » Continue reading
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller, American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor
I’m sitting on a train on my way to visit a client. It’s a twisting, turning ride that reminds me of all the twists and turns a journey to an optimal patient flow strategy can take. I’m also reminded of the faces of clients that feel incredibly challenged as they work to make a positive difference for patients and families, and I think of the ones that found the fortitude to keep going with this work of improving patient flow. They all know the importance of building the necessary foundation, and at the heart of it, an age-old saying that still rings true comes to mind, “It starts at the top.”
Over the past half-century, the United States has experienced exponential growth in population, and life expectancy has risen. Many diseases that were once fatal, are now chronic conditions. Breakthroughs in science have led to vaccines and antibiotics reducing the communicable disease burden. Engineering has improved transportation and workplace safety, eliminating many preventable deaths. These improvements are all good news. Along with our success, however, comes the challenge of caring for an aging population. The challenge is acutely known to those who lead patient access, capacity management and patient flow across our healthcare systems. Addressing these challenges depends on essential knowledge. Our recent research is summarized into Seven Patient Flow Insights:
HIMSS18 –KLAS Honors, Donations for Demos and Community Impact
TeleTracking will take its relentless commitment to ensure that no one will ever wait for the care they need to the HIMSS18 Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, March 6-9, 2018 at booth #7301. That commitment is further recognized by the fact that we’ve been named the Patient Flow Category Leader for the 7th consecutive year by U.S. healthcare market research leader KLAS. In fact, we’ve received this prestigious recognition of excellence for eleven out of the past twelve years.
My journey with TeleTracking actually started a few years ago when I was a client. I was at my first TeleTracking client conference, and I vividly remember sitting in amazement as I listened to a series of success stories from hospitals across the country talking about the ways they were empowered to improve access to medical care, to the people who needed it most, with the guidance of TeleTracking. As a clinician, I was intrigued to learn about the solutions available to become more efficient and give precious time back to caregivers. » Continue reading
In fact, some health systems are seeing a 16% increase in ED visits and almost a 40% increase in acuity [according to Brittany Lindsey, Director of Patient Flow, UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL]. “We have setup our PACUs as additional ICUs, we are looking at staffing our EP cardiology unit as a flu unit, we are using our Post Recovery for our Heart and Vascular Center as a 23 hour bedded outpatient location, and certain floors of our women’s hospital have been converted to regular acute care for all genders,” according to Lindsey.