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TELE’13: A Place in the Sun for TeleTracking’s Annual Client Conference

TeleTracking is excited to announce that it will host its 11th Annual Client Conference this October at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in sunny San Diego!  We encourage TeleTracking users to register now as space is limited.

In case you need some motivation, here, in ascending order, are the Top Ten Reasons you should attend TELE’13 — where you’ll learn how the culmination of people, process and technology are driving efficient care delivery and eliminating waste in healthcare.

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Categories: About Us, Author: Dennis Morabito

Piloting Through Healthcare Flak with “Operational Awareness”

piloting-healthcare-operational-awarenessIn a recent column titled “Operational Status: Are you Ready to Respond” for Executive Insight, managing editor Jill Hoffman made a number of points about “Situational Awareness” in healthcare which bear repeating given how closely they align with “Operational Awareness“.

High in the column, which introduced a new series for the author titled Executive Perspectives for the Continuum of Care Archives, she makes the generally accepted point that “In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, providers cannot be too informed.”

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Real-Time Capacity Management

Sequester May Add to Hospital Emergency Department Pressures

ED-patient-flow-improvementAccording to a study by researchers at the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University (PDF), the budget sequester may force nearly a million new patients to the nation’s Emergency Departments (EDs).

This is due to a $120 million cut to community health centers.

These cuts will affect 1,200 centers, operating at 8,500 locations and serving primarily low-income residents, and will likely force most of those residents needing care into emergency departments across America.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

HIMSS Says Automated Bed Management is ‘Hot’ Trend in Hospitals

Bed-management-hot-trend-himssA new report from HIMSS Analytics titled “Strong Growth in Bed Management IT Applications identifies hospital bed management as a “hot” software market in the nation.

The Spring 2013 edition of Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market reports that operational-related functions, such as contract management, benefits administration and materials management, and bed management applications have a five-year historical growth rate far exceeding those of all other applications profiled in the edition.

We’re gratified for that recognition, especially since TeleTracking created the market. But bed management is only part of the story.

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Categories: Bed Management, Real-Time Capacity Management

ED Overcrowding Not Emergency Department’s Fault

Health-Leaders-ED-OvercrowdingThe May issue of HealthLeaders Magazine features a timely and interesting article entitled, How to Get a Handle on ED Overcrowding.

In it, Deborah Kaczynski, MS, of University of Pittsburgh Medical (UPMC), a 20-hospital system in western Pennsylvania and a perennial member of the U.S. News and World Report honor roll of best U.S. hospitals, discusses ED overcrowding as a hospital-wide problem. Kaczynski, who works on the system’s patient flow initiatives and is a faculty member for the independent, non-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement, emphasizes that improving patient flow means addressing the needs of other hospital units – from surgery to housekeeping – that are impacted by what happens in the emergency department.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow

Hospitals in “Digital Dark Ages?” – USA Today

 Hospitals-in-digital-dark-agesA recent article in USA Today titled Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology said doctors and hospitals are “in the digital dark ages” when it comes to Internet and mobile technology. Author Byron Achohido based that assessment on a study done by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by tech security firm Imprivata.

According to the study, because of this hospitals lose over $3 billion a year just in wasted time involving the discharge process. The cause is the continued use of “clunky communications systems as part of the process”.

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Categories: Financial Health of Hospitals, Future of Healthcare