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Category Archives: Author: Tom Perry

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

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

Enhancing Patient Transport Using Mobile Devices

Enhancing Patient Transport Using Mobile Device600 non-monitored transports per day sounds like an overwhelming number, but to the 60 members of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s patient transport department who cover 2.2 million square feet in this 650 bed Level I Trauma Center, it’s all in a day’s work.

So, how do they do it?

In order to answer that question, we should first look at how they used to do it.

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Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Patient Transport

Mobile App Looks to Improve Hospital Transport Operational Efficiency

mobile-app-improves-hospital-transport-operational-efficiencyEarly reports from the field indicate that TeleTracking’s mobile XT App – which can be used on an Apple® iPhone® or iPod® device – is a potential game changer when it comes to operational efficiency for hospital transport departments!

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Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Real-Time Capacity Management

How Automating Support Services Can Promote Better Outcomes

Automate-hospital-support-services-for-better-outcomesIn another life, a former mentor told me to always take care of the little things and the big things would take care of themselves. Although this person was highly successful in his profession, I had a hard time buying in to the notion.

Big things, thought the younger me, were what it was all about. But, having been in and around healthcare for many years since then, I now understand his point. Consider the importance of support services in a hospital.

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Categories: Author: Tom Perry, Workforce Automation