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Your Money or Your Life; 2015 Health Industry Trends

Your Money or Your LifePricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently made a chilling prediction about what’s in store for American healthcare consumers.

In a report on the top trends shaping the health industry in 2015, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) suggests that new strategies to curtail rising costs will require patients to make “more of a conscious decision” about whether they really need certain specialty medications.  In other words, it’s your money or your life.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, Waste in Healthcare

Emergency Room Visits Still Rising

ER Visits Still RisingDespite the nation’s declining uninsured rate, America’s emergency rooms (ERs) continue to see patient visits increase.

Michael Sandler, writing in the January 17, 2015 edition of Modern Healthcare, reported that the nation’s 24 busiest emergency rooms received 18.7% more visits in 2013 than in 2012, and many of those reported even higher volumes in 2014.

This runs counter to predictions that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would shift the newly insured from ERs to primary care physicians once they obtained insurance.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

The Good and Bad about Hospital Acquired Conditions

The Good & Bad about HAIsThe federal government announced in December 2014 that American hospitals are getting safer.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported a 17 percent drop in patient infections and medical errors from 2010 to 2013, and estimated that 50,000 deaths were averted over that span.  Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) fell from 145 per thousand discharges to 121 per thousand, thus saving $12 billion.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, said that the data represent “significant progress on improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars more wisely.”  To read this article, ‘Hospitals Make Unprecedented Strides in Patient Safety,’ click here.

Left unsaid was that H&HS originally set a goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013, with 60 thousand fewer deaths, 1.8 million fewer harms and $35 billion in savings.

That’s good news!

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Cutting Healthcare Costs, Not Caregivers

Cutting Healthcare Costs, Not PeopleIt’s reported that Catholic Health Initiatives will lay off up to 1,500 employees by the end of January 2015. To read full story click here.  Unfortunately, payroll costs are the first target when operating margin is in the red.

But actually, that’s No. 1 on the list of how not to cut healthcare costs according to a pair of Harvard academics. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Financial Health of Hospitals, Waste in Healthcare

Automation and the Shift to Patient Centered Care

Patient Centered CareThe shift to ‘Patient Centered Care’ always seemed curious.  After all, what else would the focus be if not the patient?

The paradigm shift has to do with the way that success is measured.  The old measurements for reimbursement were for what went ‘into’ healthcare, like the number of procedures, tests and physician visits.  The new metrics are what comes ‘out’ – like patient satisfaction, cost savings and actual outcomes.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Patient Flow

Happy Holidays from TeleTracking Technologies

Happy HolidaysOn behalf of TeleTracking, we’d like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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Taking Hand Hygiene High-Tech

Make Every Day Handwashing DayThe Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in the United Kingdom was recently featured in an article published by Becker’s Hospital Review.  

A portion of the article titled, ‘Taking Hand Hygiene High-Tech‘ can be seen below.  » Continue reading

Categories: Hand Hygiene

How to Get 40 Miles per Gallon from your Health System

Efficiency

There are about 800,000 beds in the U.S. Healthcare System – 350,000 of which TeleTracking manages.

Let’s say on average over a score of medical professionals attend to each of those beds every day.

Let’s also say that you have no way of knowing the status of each bed, or the location of the attending staff at any given moment.  In fact, you can’t know any of that information for hours. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, Waste in Healthcare

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