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National Nurses Week 2015

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Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015

At the height of the Crimean War between Britain and Russia, the mortality rate of British solders brought to the Scutari military hospital in Istanbul was over forty percent. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

Who’s Looking Out For Nurses?

I used to be a detectiveWith National Nurses Week coming up (May 6-12, 2015), it’s a good time to remember the old adage that working smarter trumps working longer or harder.

Studies have shown that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% and that after 24 hours, it is equivalent to 0.10%.  (You may be interested in: The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Issue 48: Health care worker fatigue and patient safety.) » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week

Are U.S. Hospital Operations in Need of an Operation?

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TeleTracking_The Commonwealth Fund

Over the years we’ve all come across studies documenting just how inefficient U.S. Healthcare has become.  Studies by organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, Price WaterhouseCoopers, and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provide commentary on the hundreds of billions of dollars misspent in healthcare.  And, despite spending the most, studies show that the U.S. is still only middle of the road in terms of the timeliness, coordination, safety and effectiveness of patient care.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, Healthcare Operations Management, Operational Efficiency

Listening is a Big Part of Patient Safety Too

National Patient SafetyTwo weeks ago, in the middle of another Chicago snowstorm, a surprise phone call reminded me that patient safety is more than a checklist.

A college friend  said her dad was on a ventilator in a community hospital 100 miles away.  He feared he would die unless he was transferred to a Chicago hospital and the family had no idea how to do that. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety, Transfer / Referral Center

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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