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CEOs Say Operational Efficiency is Key to Hospital Survival

Operation Efficiency is Key to SurvivalHospital CEOs say operational efficiency will be the key to their organizations’ survival as hospital reimbursement moves from a volume model to a value model.

Treating more patients with fewer resources will require innovative strategies to reduce waste and improve safety.

Those were among the results of a recent hospital CEO survey by the American Hospital Association (AHA) published in the April 2014 issue of Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Operational Efficiency, Patient Flow

Celebrate National Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014

HTM WeekThis is “Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014!”  It’s time to again recognize the people behind the scenes who keep our hospitals running.

Ensuring the safety and availability of life-saving technologies, various biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other healthcare technology professionals are responsible for servicing, maintaining, and managing healthcare technologies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, manufacturers, and third-party service organizations around the world.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Healthcare Technology Management Week

Infection Tragedy Reminds Us to Involve Employees in Hospital Infection Control

Infection Tragedy Reminds Us to Involve All Employees in Infection ControlThe May 2014 issue of the Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal is shedding new light on the tragic deaths of five young children at New Orleans Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 following their contraction of a fungal infection spread by contaminated linens. This should remind us that no precaution should be overlooked in the fight against infection and that no hospital is immune.

The children, all of whom contracted cutaneous Mucormycosis within an 11-month period, were in different wards throughout the hospital.  The flesh-eating infection they acquired was caused by a fungi typically found on plants and certain animal parasites.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control

National Nurses Week 2014: Honoring ‘Nurses Leading the Way’

Florence NightingaleNational Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Florence Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the ‘Lady with the Lamp.’  Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820.  During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.  Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform.  In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Although she died August 13, 1910, in London, her legacy continues.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week, Nurses Week

Clinical Integration: Effectively Teaming Across the Continuum

Clinical IntegrationClinical Integration:  Effectively Teaming Across the Continuum,” the third and final of the three-part webinar series TeleTracking is offering with The Joint Commission, will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11 am (ET).

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, The Joint Commission

Patients Still Waiting Even If It’s Not Called A Waiting Room

Patients Still Waiting Even If It's Not Called A Waiting Room“A rose by any other name is still a rose.”

So is a waiting room.

No matter what emergency departments do to give patients the impression they aren’t waiting, the patients know they are.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Patient Flow

Does Oregon Medicaid Study Put More Pressure on Nation’s EDs?

More Pressure on EDsAmerica’s emergency departments now produce about half of all hospital admissions, according to a recent RAND report. They also account for nearly the entire increase in admissions from 2000 to 2009.

The study also found that most people seek care in an ED because they believe they have no viable alternative, not because it is convenient.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

To Care for the Poor, Redesign Your Hospital Workflow

How to Help the PoorCaring for the poor will severly tax your profitability unless you redesign your hospital patient workflow and processes.  According to healthcare futurist Joe Flower, “many health care organizations will not survive the waves of newly insured, underinsured and Medicaid beneficiaries” without changing their basic business model.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, No Margin, No Mission, Patient Flow, Real-Time Capacity Management

Get More Out Of Your Capacity Management Automation System

Get More Out Of Your Capacity Mangement Automation SystemWhat if your brand new, super smart tablet computer came with no instructions?

It might take you months, if not years, to unlock a portion of what that tablet can do.

TeleTracking’s capacity management solutions not only come with instructions, but with training as well.  However, unlocking the potential sometimes requires more than that.

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Categories: Author: Tammy Moore, Client Success Management

RTLS Now Goes Beyond “Dots On A Map”

Dots on a map-resized-600We’ve been saying for a while now that RTLS is a transformative technology for healthcare, with potential that goes far beyond finding a hidden IV pump.

So it was refreshing to learn that Terry Broussard thinks the same thing.  Mr. Broussard is Vice President of Support Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. In a roundtable discussion titled Real-time Locating Systems published last month in Tech Nation Magazine, he said the following:

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