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Making Interoperability a Commonplace

Hospital ConnectivityNo matter what your involvement is in healthcare, you know that the ultimate responsibility is to the patient.

That includes every organization that supplies products and services to the industry, as well as those who actually deliver care.

So it’s encouraging to note that TeleTracking and Epic Systems Corporation recently affirmed their commitment to healthcare interoperability and put to rest speculation that cross platform support would no longer be available to customers of either or both organizations. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Michael Gallup, EMR / Healthcare IT, Interoperability

Healthcare IT: Key to Doing More With Less Per IOM Healthcare Report

Best Care at Lower CostIf banking were like health care, an ATM withdrawal would take days, not seconds.

That was one of the most damning statements contained in last week’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the state of U.S. Healthcare. Another was the $750 billion wasted annually in the process of providing care for Americans, which is about the same amount budgeted for the entire eight years of war in Iraq. The top culprit was unnecessary services at $210 billion annually. The second highest cost cited in the IOM report was $130 billion for “inefficient delivery of medical care.”

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

Leading Hospitals Use TeleTracking to Manage Capacity. Do You?

Best Hospitals Use TeleTrackingMost Leading Hospitals use TeleTracking’s Capacity Management software to improve operations and streamline throughput. Do you?

They say you’re judged by the company you keep.

By that standard, TeleTracking ranks with the very best…literally.

Most leading U.S. hospitals have now deployed TeleTracking’s capacity management solutions, according to a recent review of “Best” and “Top” hospital lists.

That includes over 80% of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals“, 13 of 17 (76%) “Honor Roll” hospitals, and seven of the top 10 honorees.

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

In Hospitals: Size doesn’t matter. Capacity Management does!

Size Does MatterDoes size really matter?

As it relates to hospitals, the answer to that age-old question is no. Because no matter how large or small the hospital, it will be plagued with capacity problems unless that capacity is managed actively and correctly.

This is particularly pertinent today as the healthcare industry and the Nation await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. 

While the federal government demands the removal of more “waste” from the nation’s health care system, the industry is responding with the biggest building boom since World War II. The most common reason given is the aging of the Baby Boom generation, and depending upon the High Court verdict, the possibility of 30-40 million newly insured Americans seeking more medical aid. 

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

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

Hospital Fiscal Responsibility in Mission Statements: Does It Belong?

HealthLeaders MagazineA Sample of Hospital Mission Statements –Does Fiscal Responsibility Belong?

As a follow up to our No Margin, No Mission post, I thought I’d explore
 hospital mission statements to investigate how they balance margin and mission. I expected (and found) most led with a commitment to providing excellent physical, emotional and spiritual care, but was surprised to identify that many go on to make mention of “responsible use of resources” in some way.  Certainly, mission and margin are top of mind in many hospitals across the country.

Consider these interesting examples:

… mission is to provide quality health services for the community …  consistent with the best service we can give at the highest value for all concerned.

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Categories: Author: Michael Gallup, No Margin, No Mission, Overcrowding, Patient Flow