All posts by Amie Podolak

Hospital Capacity: How Much Will Be Needed Tomorrow?

Hospital CapacityEmpty Threat: How Much Space Will Hospitals Need Tomorrow?

The biggest guessing game in healthcare today isn’t what the U.S. Supreme Court will do with “Obamacare” in June.

It’s about how much capacity hospitals will need tomorrow.

Right now, hospital capacity is in the intensive care unit as healthcare executives monitor its vital signs. Will volume go up or down?

Nobody seems to know for sure, despite the fact that the largest generation in U.S. history is entering its retirement years and 40 million more Americans may become insured by the High Court ruling this summer.

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Categories: Author: Michael Gallup, Real-Time Capacity Management

Using RTLS in the Fight Against Infection: Wheelchairs

Hospital HAIsSTOP THE ROLLING EPIDEMIC OF HAIs:  Using RTLS in the fight against infection

One of the biggest culprits in the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) may be the wheelchair.

Wheelchairs “get sick” this way.  An infected patient needs to go to radiology, but the transporter assigned to take her is not told that she has an infection and superbugs hop onto the wheelchair for the ride.

But, since the transporter was not aware the patient was infected, he doesn’t perform the special “clean” required to rid the wheelchair of the germs.
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Categories: Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Meet the Experts: TeleTracking RTLS Workflow Consulting Group

RTLS Asset TrackingMeet the Experts:  TeleTracking Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) Workflow Consulting Group

The TeleTracking Blog Team is introducing a “Meet the Experts” series so that you can get acquainted with our team of subject matter experts.  They’re not just our experts, they are industry leaders who understand the challenges hospital staff face every day.  And, they’re always accessible.

Our series commences with TeleTracking’s RTLS Workflow Consulting Group. This talented team of equipment process flow professionals helps hospitals and health systems implement or improve hospital-specific asset management through a combination of strategic change and best practice guidelines to create optimal equipment flow processes to impact productivity, cost reductions and quality care metrics throughout your enterprise.

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Categories: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Magnet Designation and TeleTracking – No Small Coincidence

Magnet DesignationTeleTracking proudly recognizes client hospitals’ significant Magnet Designation achievement!

The Magnet Recognition Program® was launched in the early 1990s by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)– Magnet recognition is one of the most significant achievements a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence.  The first Magnet hospital was designated in 1994. Today, more than 300 hospitals in the country hold this honor.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow

Do Your Healthcare IT Systems Improve Outcomes and Cost? Prove It!

HISTalk HealthcareHISTalk Blog Time Capsule asks whether Hospital Healthcare IT Systems improve outcomes and reduce costs. They should. Here’s proof!

If you’re involved in Healthcare IT, you’re likely already a fan of the HISTalk Blog.  For those who aren’t,  HISTalk was started by a hospital clinical department head whose original intent was to collect his thoughts about what was going on in healthcare IT.   Since its humble launch in 2003, the site has grown to one of the most well-read resources for major industry developments, and today, visitors exceed the 5 million mark!

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT

The Brave New World of Healthcare & Future of Disease Prevention

Healthcare FutureIt’s increasingly evident that disease prevention takes more than jogging a few miles a week and cutting back on the pork rinds.

Yet prevention is what some large health insurers are literally banking on to save the U.S. healthcare system.

Healthcare futurist Clement Bezold recently sketched several possible scenarios for tomorrow’ s healthcare, the most likely being the Patient-Centered Medical Home, in which constantly updated electronic medical records promote more timely preventative care, and employer-sponsored health insurance shifts to health insurance exchanges where employees move to high deductibles and catastrophic coverage.

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Categories: Future of Healthcare

Can Real-Time Capacity Management Save Hospitals?

Real TimeCan real-time – as in real-time capacity management – save hospitals time and resources?

It was disappointing to learn the other day that the dream of time travel was dashed with the turn of a single screwdriver.  (SeeFaster than light neutrinos may have just been disproven.)

It turns out that reports of neutrinos moving faster than light speed were the result of a loose cable between a GPS receiver and a computer at the famous CERN laboratory in Switzerland -[ScienceInsider].  Earlier reports that neutrinos were recorded moving 60 nanoseconds faster than light speed prompted physicists to speculate that neutrinos could be sent back in time.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Real-Time Capacity Management, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

AHA Solutions Patient Flow Challenges Report: Worth Reading!

Bed ManagementAHA Solutions Patient Flow Challenges Report: The discharge process, bed management, patient flow and tracking systems

If you haven’t already read the AHA Solutions Patient Flow Challenges report, I encourage you to do so!

[Note: link takes you to AHA page where you can download an executive summary, replay a webinar and request a copy of the report.]

This report puts a spotlight on one of the biggest operational challenges in healthcare –patient flow – as cited by you, the professionals tasked with running the nation’s hospitals.

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Categories: Bed Management, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

The “Catch-22” of EMRs

Catch 22 EMRsJoseph Heller’s darkly hilarious wartime novel, “Catch-22,” skewered military bureaucracy through the eyes of a bombardier who couldn’t make his mission quota and go home because the quota kept getting higher.

Catch-22 is now part of the lexicon. It’s defined as a “condition or regulation which prevents the resolution of a problem.”

That describes the situation for many hospitals regarding Electronic Medical Records. To get a piece of the $20 plus billion dollar government incentive pie for adopting EMRs, the hospitals must meet an array of measurements proving that they are using this IT in a meaningful way.

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT, Real-Time Capacity Management

Hallway Boarding: An Unnecessary Ethical Dilemma Faced by Hospitals

Hallway BoardingHallway Boarding’ is a quaint euphemism for parking sick people in hallways until their room is ready.

It used to be done in Emergency Departments when no in-patient beds were available. Now some facilities are “admitting” ED patients to the hallways of inpatient units.

In pain, under stress, wearing gowns open at the rear with a port-a-potty for a bathroom, these patients are the victims of turf wars caused by hospital overcrowding.

The hospitals say they want to relieve pressure in the ED so patients needing urgent care can be treated. But they also admit they want to bring the overcrowding problem to inpatient units. They reason that the patient’s presence forces nurses and others to perform more timely discharges, bed turnovers and admissions.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow