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The Concept of ‘Time’ – now an Area of Focus in Healthcare

Emergency DepartmentMore than a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report called, Crossing the Quality Chasm, which identified six fundamental aims for healthcare – that it be safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, equitable and timely.  While the first five objectives are easily understandable and have been studied extensively – the concept of time has only recently become an area of focus.  And yet the implications of time are significant because it impacts a patient’s experience if they are waiting in the ED for a bed; it impacts hospital operations if rooms and equipment aren’t accessible or staff members are being over or under-utilized; and it impacts the ability to use data to react to operational trends.

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Categories: Waste in Healthcare

Managing Hospital Bed Turnover Just Got Easier

HousekeeperAutomating and managing hospital bed turns just got easier with the integration of TeleTracking and Smart Facility Software’s environmental services (EVS) solutions.

If you’re attending the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) annual conference next week in Grapevine, TX, be sure to visit TeleTracking booth #723 to learn more about the improvements to its solutions.

It’s been almost 25 years since TeleTracking first took on – and revolutionized – hospital bed turnover with its BedTracking® application.  Now known as the gold standard for automated bed turnover solutions, TeleTracking has expanded its scope and has been the leader of patient flow automation solutions for the healthcare industry serving more than 900 hospitals throughout the U.S., Canada and U.K.

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Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Patient Flow

When & How Hospital Beds are Being Used

Empty Hospital BedIt’s estimated that half of all US hospitals don’t know when or how their hospital beds are being used.  And, at a time when hospitals are being asked to do more with less, valuable inventory, such as patient beds, are often being wasted due to lack of visibility.  This lack of visibility often leads to perceived capacity constraints and can directly impact patient access.  As a result, hospitals may opt to construct new patient towers or wings – costing upwards of $1 million per bed.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, Patient Flow

Hospital CFOs Focus – Integration, Efficiency, Outcomes

Like healthcare in general, the role of a health system CFO continues to evolve.  Previously responsible solely for an organization’s financial oversight, CFOs now take on strategy, operations and information technology.  This expansion is essential; as payment models move from fee-for-service to value based care, a CFOs role in data management and maximizing productivity  becomes critical.

A few weeks ago, TeleTracking had the opportunity to meet with CFOs from many of the nation’s leading healthcare systems at HealthLeaders Media Chief Financial Officer Exchange.  The Exchange gives partner organizations and CFOs the opportunity to share ideas on the significant changes occurring in healthcare.  So what are some of the things that are on the minds of today’s CFOs?

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Categories: Financial Health of Hospitals, Operational Efficiency