All posts by Amie Podolak

Taking it Personally – Delivering Quality Care Where & When it’s Needed

Karlee, Joy, Kasee Avery
Karlee, Joy, Kasee Avery

The birthday candles are burning brightly amidst a garden of bold, sugary flowers. Leaning forward, with their long blond hair tossed over their shoulders, my beautiful twin girls take a deep breath, and together, blow out 19 candles. In addition to celebrating turning 19, they are also enjoying the college freshman experience, along with the promise and potential of being community leaders, straight A students, runners, writers, and photographers. Nineteen years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to experience this special parental moment—delivered 16 weeks early, each and every single one of those early moments was precious, and each and every one of those moments was a struggle.

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Categories: Author: Joy Avery, Patient Flow

Defining Metrics and Motivating Employees is Key to Driving OR Performance in Healthcare

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Performance improvement in healthcare is tied to establishing well-defined targets for areas like managing the OR, specifically, improving efficiency and staff productivity while retaining and improving the standard of care.  Improving OR efficiency correlates with shorter case lengths, effective scheduling of surgeries, and decreasing non-operative time by restructuring OR tasks.  Central to these are motivated staff and collaboration at each point within the patient care process.  When OR staff is focused, improving operational effectiveness means working smarter, not faster.

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Extending Care Coordination into the Post-Acute

Beyond the Four Walls of a HospitalOne of the biggest challenges facing health systems today is finding ways to free up capacity and increase access to acute care beds. And one of the obstacles is the time-consuming, inefficient process of finding the right post-acute beds for patients that need the next step in their recovery. [Modern Healthcare: Managing post-acute care in the 21st century]

There is a solution! TeleTracking’s Community Placement solution gives case managers and discharge planners real-time visibility to the most appropriate, available beds in post-acute facilities.

A large Pennsylvania-based health system with multiple acute care and post-acute care facilities has been piloting this solution over the past year, and several members of their team shared their experiences during a recent webinar.

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Change Boils Down to 4 Key Things

As we were growing up, one of our favorite programs was Bewitched. For those of you who have never seen this program, it was about Samantha, a witch in the land of mortals who could twitch her nose to make things happen. Often, the things which were set in motion when she twitched her nose were typically not the things she wanted done, and the remainder of the episode was the undoing of that one twitch.

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Categories: Author: Carole Miserendino, Author: Jodell Speckhart, Patient Flow, Uncategorized

Five Tips to Fine-Tune Patient Flow

Marc MioneAnd to Keep your TeleTracking Applications Running Smoothly

Did you know that setting some time aside annually can help optimize the performance of TeleTracking at your health system?  Many of us follow preventative and/or annual maintenance schedules for our autos, HVAC systems, smoke, fire, and carbon dioxide detectors to help ensure our safety and comfort. By taking a similar approach with your TeleTracking applications, you can help ensure that your solutions are functioning properly, providing the optimal support to the organization and driving the outcomes to meet your patient flow and throughput strategies.

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National Nurses Week 2018: Nursing. Nurses. Nurse.

Scott NewtonAs we celebrate National Nurses Week, let’s remember that nursing is a profession that existed since the dawn of time. Travelers during ancient times were cared for along known trade and travel routes. Locations were marked and visible to those in need. During Biblical times, nursing was part of the expression of faith – demonstrated by offering care and compassion to the afflicted. The Roman Empire saw an enhanced professionalism of nursing through both the systematic organization of work and the establishment of environments of care. Nursing is synonymous with a rich history of addressing pain, suffering and illness.

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Categories: Author: Scott Newton, Nurses Week

National Nurses Week—A Celebration of the Evolving Role of Nurses

Nanne FinisNational Nurses Week (National Hospital Week) will be celebrated starting on May 6―through Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.  This week provides a special opportunity to recognize the skilled, caring, compassionate care that nurses deliver to patients every day of the year.  It showcases the nursing profession’s dedication to inspire, innovate and influence.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis

Finding the Right Equation for Hospital Capacity Management

AHA analysis of CMS dataOptimized Hospital Capacity + Workforce = High Quality Patient Care

When valuable resources are in a limited supply, we find the best ways to maximize them and reduce the chances of wasting them.  We do this with tangible resources like water and energy, as well as intangibles like time and influence.  For example, an idling car consumes fuel just like a moving car; but only one of those cars achieves its intended purpose of reaching a destination.

Healthcare delivery is resource intensive―and one where an inordinate amount of waste occurs.  Research from the Institute of Medicine suggests that over half a trillion dollars are wasted in the United States alone from sources such as unnecessary services, improper pricing, excessive administration and inefficient service delivery[1]. The United States spends more on healthcare than many other nations, but our outcomes fall well behind those other nations.  There are plenty of reasons as to why this occurs, including complex insurance structures, medication costs, and rapidly evolving, inconsistent regulations to name a few.  » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Uncategorized

3 Things You Need to Kick-Start Your Patient Flow Improvements

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller, American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor

I’m sitting on a train on my way to visit a client. It’s a twisting, turning ride that reminds me of all the twists and turns a journey to an optimal patient flow strategy can take.  I’m also reminded of the faces of clients that feel incredibly challenged as they work to make a positive difference for patients and families, and I think of the ones that found the fortitude to keep going with this work of improving patient flow.  They all know the importance of building the necessary foundation, and at the heart of it, an age-old saying that still rings true comes to mind, “It starts at the top.”

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Categories: Author: Kathy S. Menefree, Operational Efficiency, Patient Flow

Are you a patient flow Renegade Samaritan?

Over the past half-century, the United States has experienced exponential growth in population, and life expectancy has risen.  Many diseases that were once fatal, are now chronic conditions.  Breakthroughs in science have led to vaccines and antibiotics reducing the communicable disease burden.  Engineering has improved transportation and workplace safety, eliminating many preventable deaths.  These improvements are all good news.  Along with our success, however, comes the challenge of caring for an aging population.  The challenge is acutely known to those who lead patient access, capacity management and patient flow across our healthcare systems.  Addressing these challenges depends on essential knowledge.  Our recent research is summarized into Seven Patient Flow Insights:

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Categories: Author: Scott Newton, Patient Flow