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Taking ‘Access’ on the Road

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Patient Logistics Center
St. Elizabeth Healthcare Patient Logistics Center

Access.  The definition is simple – the ability, right or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use.  However, things get much more complicated when the topic turns to a patients access to care – because in order to give one patient access to services, you must move another one out.

To help healthcare executives see the possibilities within their organizations, and how streamlining patient access and throughput via centralized command centers can help, we assembled a team of experts who were successful with implementations at their own facilities.  The team included:

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Categories: Operational Efficiency, Patient Access, Patient Flow, Transfer / Referral Center

National Nurses Week 2016

Super RN TeleBearA celebration of nurses – National Nurses Week 2016

Before looking ahead to National Nurses Week 2016, let’s take a quick look back at the woman who inspired this celebration—Florence Nightingale.  From the time she was a child, Florence knew nursing was her calling—she was committed to helping people and providing warm, compassionate care.

Florence also understood the importance of process and the role it plays in ensuring quality patient care and delivering positive outcomes.  Early in her career, she helped fight a cholera epidemic at the hospital she was working at by improving hygiene practices, which significantly lowered the death rate.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Nurses Week

In search of ‘Access’

Patient Access-Global-SearchPatient Access: the single greatest imperative for healthcare.

Last month, I took part in a summit that attracted some of healthcare’s brightest executive leaders.  At one point I had the good fortune of joining in on a roundtable discussion about patient access.  While the direction of the conversation changed many times, a theme began to arise in my mind. The insight, both simple and yet profound, was that just about every leader at the table defined patient access from a very different lens and a very different world view.  While we all believed patient access is a critical priority, how to define it and ultimately measure it remained a point of inconsistency.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, Patient Access

NHS Tackles Patient Flow Challenges

NHSNow more than ever, the National Health Service (“NHS”, the UK’s publicly funded health system) looks to tackle patient flow challenges by focusing on identifying and implementing solutions and best practices that enable timely access to care.

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Categories: Patient Flow, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

People are Talking Patient Flow at AONE & AORN

TeleTracking Team
TeleTracking Team

The TeleTracking team recently hit the road for the American Organization of Nurse Executives [AONE] Annual Meeting and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses [AORN] Surgical Conference & Expo.  Patient flow and operational efficiency were among the leading topics at both shows, and so were these topics:

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

Communication – Key to Patient Flow

TeleTracking Instant NotifyEffective, efficient communication is key to effective, efficient patient flow.  If there are communication breakdowns between departments, there’s often confusion and delays in getting patients to the right level of care.  These delays often lead to unnecessary and redundant phone calls and pages, and undo / redo of patient bed assignments.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

Effective Ways to Improve Patient Access

Expediting Patient AccessCentralized Command Centers: The Most Effective Way to Improve Patient Access

Patients arrive at hospitals every day through different paths.  Some through the Emergency Department, some through physician referrals, and some through scheduled procedures. What makes all of these situations similar is the fact that critically ill patients need access to care at the right place and the right time.

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Categories: Patient Access

TeleTracking Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness WeekThe National Patient Safety Foundation’s  Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off on Sunday.  A week where the efforts of healthcare professionals to keep patients safe and provide optimum, quality care is recognized.  Critical to patient safety is the operational efficiency of a health system – and the strategies and tactics to maximize it.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety

HIMSS16 Day Two Recap

Lisa Maples-HealthFirst
Lisa Maples-HealthFirst

We’re happy to share photos that show how the momentum continued throughout day two of HIMSS16!

Conference-goers were flocking to take in product demonstrations, as well as hear client success stories presented by Ali Anderson, Data Analyst at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Lisa Maples, Director of Patient Logistics at Health First.

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Categories: HIMSS16

Booth #7410 – the place to be at HIMSS16

HIMSS Booth #7410Booth #7410 was the place to be at HIMSS16 yesterday!  More than 40,000 people are walking the floors of the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas this week, and it’s TeleTracking’s biggest and best opportunity to share how our solutions are making an impact.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, HIMSS16