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TeleTracking and The Joint Commission’s Patient Flow Requirements

tjc-patient-flow-requirementsTeleTracking’s Real-Time Capacity Management solutions support compliance with The Joint Commission’s Patient Flow Requirements.

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently presented the 2013 Standards and Requirements and defined its position on emergency department patient boarding.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

How Automating Support Services Can Promote Better Outcomes

Automate-hospital-support-services-for-better-outcomesIn another life, a former mentor told me to always take care of the little things and the big things would take care of themselves. Although this person was highly successful in his profession, I had a hard time buying in to the notion.

Big things, thought the younger me, were what it was all about. But, having been in and around healthcare for many years since then, I now understand his point. Consider the importance of support services in a hospital.

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Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Workforce Automation

How RTLS Can Help Prevent a Rolling Hospital Acquired Infection Epidemic

RTLS-prevent-rolling-infection-epidemic (250x242)We’ve suggested before in this column that, in the search for a magic bullet for infection control, some things are being overlooked.

For example, there are probably more than 5,000 mobile medical devices rolling around in a typical 300 bed hospital every day.  These are the IV pumps, telemetry units, even wheel chairs and gurneys that are so commonplace they often don’t get the disinfection they need to protect patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Indiana Hospitals Shoot for No. 1 in Patient Safety Nationally

number-1-patient-safety (250x250)“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

Although he has a funny way of saying it, Yogi Berra, the baseball legend and dugout philosopher, knows the importance of goals.

So does Douglas Leonard. And he has set a noble one. As president of the Indiana Hospital Association, he wants Indiana to become the safest state in America for hospital care. That means that Indiana Hospitals are shooting to be number one nationally in patient safety.

Why so high?

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Culture Shift to Hospital Automation is Well Worth the Process

Hospital-culture-shift-to-automation-software (250x136)Managing hospital capacity – through automation – is now a strategic initiative for many healthcare institutions because it’s one of the fastest ways to reduce cost, generate income and maintain quality of care.

Embracing such automation is a big cultural and behavioral change.  For example, centralized patient placement gives a hospital visibility into its entire operation. Someone with a bird’s eye view can make decisions on an enterprise scale, and prioritize patient placements based on needs.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Real-Time Capacity Management

‘Transparency’ in Healthcare for the Best Patient Care Decisions

Transparent-patient-healthcare (250x131)What does the word “transparency” mean to you?

If you’re a hospital CEO, your first thought likely is of policy changes that will require your institution to make treatment outcomes “transparent” to the public.

But to the average nurse, it conjures up the kind of vision previously available only to a super strong comic book hero who’s faster than a speeding locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound: seeing all of the the right information to make the best patient care decisions!

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow