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Hospital CIOs Transforming Healthcare IT

Transforming HealthcareFrom our vantage point in healthcare operations, it seems the office of the hospital CIO is getting an extreme makeover. But this one has nothing to do with drywall or new carpeting.

It involves rapid change from a cost center to a revenue-generator.

As healthcare reform takes hold, we see healthcare IT evolving from its traditional functional role to one involving strategic business operations, healthcare outcomes and operational efficiency.

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT

TeleTracking Clients Meet to Measure Hospital Efficiency

Client Conference 2012How do you know your hospital efficiency improvement projects are really improving anything?

When it comes to operational improvements, most U.S. hospitals don’t have a consistent way of knowing. But one in four can point to hard facts. They’re the hospitals who have committed to software automation to manage their capacity, reduce overcrowding and improve operational workflow. They’re the ones who make use of that automation’s key benefit – the real-time information output that it provides, a data stream you can dip into anywhere, anytime – to see how their hospital efficiency initiatives are really working.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow

TeleTracking Salutes Super Nurse David Pawlikowski

David Pawlikowski, RNMeet Super RN David Pawlikowski, for whom Life is a Beach in this photo!

Many of us don’t really have a sense of what “vulnerable” means until we spend time as a hospital patient.

For those with serious issues, such as intensive care patients, there can be a sense that things are happening around you and to you, but not actually with you.

That’s when it’s gratifying to have someone like David Pawlikowskion your side.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Patient Flow

Healthcare Reform: Delivering Best Care at Lower Cost

Healthcare Reform - GundermanWriting in the September 10th issue of The Atlantic, physician Richard Gunderman took issue with the Institute of Medicine for using the word “industry” to describe healthcare in its recent study on waste in the system, titled “Best Care at Lower Cost.”

His blog article, “The Fallacy of Treating Health Care as an Industry,” is a very real example of the complex challenges and multiple opinions of what it takes to deliver the best healthcare at the lowest cost in America. Dr. Gunderman challenges the IOM’s assertion that one third of U.S. annual healthcare spending — $750 billion – is “wasted.” He also disagrees with the study’s conclusion that much of this waste can be eliminated by adopting practices from other industries.

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Categories: Future of Healthcare

Test Your Healthcare Acronym Acumen!

Healthcare AcronymsEveryone in healthcare knows it’s an alphabet soup of acronyms. But not everyone knows what those acronyms mean.

For example, it took almost as long to say “The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations” as it would to get an annual check-up. So the acronym JCAHO evolved. Those in the know pronounced it “JAY-CO.” Those not in the know pronounced it “J-ca-hoe” or worse.

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Categories: Future of Healthcare

Healthcare IT: Key to Doing More With Less Per IOM Healthcare Report

Best Care at Lower CostIf banking were like health care, an ATM withdrawal would take days, not seconds.

That was one of the most damning statements contained in last week’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the state of U.S. Healthcare. Another was the $750 billion wasted annually in the process of providing care for Americans, which is about the same amount budgeted for the entire eight years of war in Iraq. The top culprit was unnecessary services at $210 billion annually. The second highest cost cited in the IOM report was $130 billion for “inefficient delivery of medical care.”

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Categories: Author: Michael Gallup, Real-Time Capacity Management

C-Suite, Add Hospital Revenue With Real Time Capacity Management!

C-Suites want real time capacity managementReal Time Capacity Management adds revenue right now.

With budget and staff cutbacks reaching the point of diminishing returns, hospital CEOs are counting on information technology to play a bigger role in keeping their facilities solvent.

This is putting a new form of pressure on the CIO to seek out the kind of technology which can have an immediate impact on the bottom line.

But how do you do that after spending millions on electronic medical records? No one can argue that EMRs aren’t important for a hospital’s mission.  Yet EMRs do very little to drive margin. And, without margin there can be no mission.

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT, No Margin, No Mission, Real-Time Capacity Management

Managing Hospital “Waste” Has New Meaning in UK

Managing healthcare wasteAt TeleTracking, we’ve always said that our clients are some of our best innovators. In fact, we count on their regular input to improve and evolve our applications,always with an eye to removing waste from their daily hospital operations.

But some of our clients in the United Kingdom have come up with one of the most unique uses of automated capacity management we’ve ever heard. They’re using the TransportTracking™ application to optimize real clinical and domestic waste collections on demand.

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Categories: Financial Health of Hospitals