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RTLS: The Tipping Point for Operational Efficiency

RTLS-operational-efficiency-tipping-point (250x189)When TeleTracking was founded in 1991, the concept of patient flow was foreign to most and automation was something done in factories. Operational efficiency wasn’t even considered.

It took insight to recognize that there was a patient flow pattern within the continuum of care and that many of the steps in that flow could be automated and monitored for greater efficiency.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Real-Time Capacity Management, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Busting Operational Roadblocks to Shorten Length of Stay

shorten-length-of-staySince the first wave of healthcare reform closed scores of hospitals in the 1990s, patient capacity has been an increasing problem for those which remain.

Overcrowding keeps sick patients from accessing necessary care and affects your hospital’s bottom line by both limiting the number of patients you can treat and increasing the operational cost of delivering care to those you do serve. And with patient reimbursement rates set by external payers, operational roadblocks that unnecessarily extend patient length of stay may mean you’ll have to assume costs which exceed the established pay rates.

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Categories: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

The Third Wave of Patient Flow Rolling In

third-wave-patient-flow (250x162)In a recent comment on Linked-In, author Mary Longe made the astute observation that progress in patient flow comes in waves.

This author knows what she’s talking about! Not only does she manage LinkedIn’s Patient Flow group, but she’s a senior healthcare consultant with the American Hospital Association’s Solution’s group and a former HIT company CEO.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

The Logic(al) Evolution of Computer Logic in Healthcare

Evolution-of-Computer-logic-in-healthcare (190x250)For years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been slowly making its way into healthcare.

There are now computer applications that analyze symptoms at lightning speed, providing a prioritized list of probable ailments that help doctors make patient diagnoses. AI-enabled programs also help clinicians read diagnostic images and in some cases analyze those images for the doctor.

Yet another role for AI involves the automation of processes that make care delivery possible.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

RTLS Assessment Helps Stop Futile Medical Equipment Searches

RTLS-assessmentIs your hospital considering a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) to track mobile medical devices?

Here are some key clues that it should:

  1. A perception of an equipment shortage, although hospital purchasers know there’s enough
  2. Finance department reports of over-spending for capital equipment due to replacement
  3. Colleagues are hoarding equipment
  4. Reports of underutilized equipment from the biomed department

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you should consider a free two-day RTLS Assessment.

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Categories: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Strategies for Optimizing Hospital Operations

Strategies-for-optimizing-hospital-operations1Transformation, Evolution, Revolution – from Patient Flow to Real-Time Capacity Management and Beyond are the themes for optimizing hospital operations to be explored at this year’s annual TeleTracking Client Conference at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego October 13-16.

We have a full agenda in store with some exciting surprises as well:

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Real-Time Capacity Management