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TeleTracking Named Best Product for Workplace Improvement

Building Better Healthcare TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. has been named the 2014 “Best Product for Improving Working  Practices” by the British healthcare publication, Building Better Healthcare.

Each year the publication recognized leaders who are advancing the delivery of healthcare in various ways.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Operational Efficiency, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Operational Visibility: Second Line of Defense Against Infection

Patient sitting aloneNow more than ever, U.S hospitals need a second line of defense against the spread of infection.

Before Ebola became a household word in the U.S., we knew the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) was a major problem. Progress has been made.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control

Make Every Day Handwashing Day

Make Every Day Handwashing DayOur mothers always reminded us to wash our hands because of a simple truth that’s known around the world: handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease.

This October 15th – “Global Handwashing Day” – is a great time to take stock of that fact, especially as the world stares at the threat of an Ebola pandemic.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

TeleTracking Safeguards against HAIs and Ebola

TeleTracking Safeguards Against EbolaAbove all else, the well-being of TeleTracking’s clients and the patients they care for comes first.

TeleTracking believes that caregivers are at their best when they’re in a position to provide care as effectively and efficiently as possible.

And, that includes providing the appropriate visibility and safeguards to help prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Hospital Infection Control

Are Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?

Are U.S. Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?Since 1970, the world has experienced over 125 thousand terrorist attacks, including 58,000 bombings, according to the Global Terrorism Database.

While the sheer number of events peaked in 1992 at over 3,000, attacks such as 9/11 demonstrate the need for hospitals to continue to prepare for disaster threats.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Healthcare Operations Management, Operational Efficiency

Teaching Efficiency to Tomorrow’s Health Professionals

Teaching Efficiency to Tomorrow's Health ProfessionalsTo shift the healthcare paradigm in America, follow the money.

To illustrate that, Medical Educator, Dr. David Nash, recently pointed to five medical schools in Philadelphia.

“Those five medical schools aren’t focused on the health of populations,” Nash said recently in an August 15, 2014 Forbes article – ‘Health Reform as Simple as Changing Incentives.  David Nash, MD, MBA is the founding dean of Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health.

Instead, they (the medical schools) focus on episodic acute care because that’s where the money is now.

“You change the way we get paid, we will change the way we practice tomorrow.”

Dr. Nash made the remarks while discussing how the Affordable Care Act is nudging our health system away from fee-for-service to population health.

It raises an interesting question. If healthcare education is influenced by the way money is made, can it also be influenced by the way money is saved?

How many U.S. schools of health administration currently have rich curricula on making hospitals operate more efficiently?

We’re not talking about over-testing or unnecessary treatment procedures, although that certainly needs to be addressed. We’re talking about shorter length of stay, better throughput, staffing to demand, etc.  Basically, all the things that go into delivering the care that students of medicine and healthcare administration will be responsible for providing.

While most recognize that there is waste in the national healthcare system, the conversation is still focused on the overuse of resources – especially on the clinical side. Billions of dollars can be saved each year by removing the waste that exists on the operational side.

We’d venture to guess that the Toyota quality and efficiency story is taught in every MBA program in the nation, along with a host of other productivity case studies.

Undoubtedly, health administration programs include case studies of hospitals that have adopted programs to make their operations better.

But Toyota’s success was built around one factor that is most likely missing in health administration curricula – automation.

For all intents and purposes, the early auto industry invented automation. Toyota’s task was to make that central process more productive while improving the quality of the cars it produced. The people-oriented process changes undertaken by Toyota took into account that automation was central to productivity.

In hospitals, the reverse holds true. Processes revolve around people. The task is to figure out how automation can enhance their productivity.

We don’t expect that automation, such as what TeleTracking provides, will ever be central to a post graduate program in healthcare administration. However, we do believe that just as medical school curricula will be altered to deal with the new reality of population health, health administration programs should reflect the role that automation can play in making hospitals run smoother and more economically.

As we shift to new reimbursement models, efficiency will become ever increasingly important to the good “health” of the hospitals that serve the population.

Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, Operational Efficiency

TeleTracking Presents New Solutions at 12th Annual Client Conference

TeleTracking Presents New Solutions at Client ConferenceAt this year’s 12th Annual Client Conference in October, TeleTracking will preview the largest array of new solutions in its 23-year history.

The lineup includes automated solutions that speed patient discharges, solutions that extend beyond the four walls of the hospital, new cloud-based applications, and a new infection fighting application – all designed to help hospitals run as efficiently as possible and provide greater access to care.

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Categories: About Us, Author: Dennis Morabito

Hospital Execs Losing Enthusiasm for EHR Systems

Hospital Execs Losing Enthusiasm for EHR SystemsHospitals continue to spend millions on the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Despite this spending, a recent survey suggests that many hospital executives are frustrated with the performance of EHRs.

Premier, Inc., the 3,000-hospital purchasing alliance based in Charlotte, NC, released survey results which show that 41% of C-Suite respondents say they are either dissatisfied or indifferent toward their EHR system. The survey cites cost, difficulty of use and lack of integration as the main issues.

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Opportunities in Nursing IT Keep Growing

Opportunities in Nursing ITAs healthcare becomes increasingly more digitized, opportunities for nurses continue to grow.

Nursing informatics specialists are constantly being pulled into initiatives that deal with new regulations and new technologies, and their contributions are being recognized.

The 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Study shows steady increases in annual salary and the number of information technology-related post-graduate degrees.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Future of Healthcare

TeleTracking Expands Services to Help Hospitals Go Lean

TeleTracking Expands Services to Help Hospitals Go LeanTeleTracking recently expanded its consulting services to offer hospital clients enhanced Six Sigma methodology in order to optimize TeleTracking’s operational management platform for greater efficiency.

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Categories: About Us, Author: Dennis Morabito