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Category Archives: Bed Management

Patient Care Satisfaction: How Does Your Hospital Rate?

be-good-to-patientsModern communication technology is truly changing patients into customers. An irritated patient who’s been waiting “too long” in your emergency room can now pass the time by criticizing your hospital on one of several health and patient care satisfaction rating websites.

The criticism may not always be fair or accurate, but perception is the personal reality of each patient who comes to your hospital facility for care, and it’s playing a bigger role than ever before in the success of your enterprise.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, EMR / Healthcare IT, Future of Healthcare, Real-Time Capacity Management

HIMSS Says Automated Bed Management is ‘Hot’ Trend in Hospitals

Bed-management-hot-trend-himssA new report from HIMSS Analytics titled “Strong Growth in Bed Management IT Applications identifies hospital bed management as a “hot” software market in the nation.

The Spring 2013 edition of Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market reports that operational-related functions, such as contract management, benefits administration and materials management, and bed management applications have a five-year historical growth rate far exceeding those of all other applications profiled in the edition.

We’re gratified for that recognition, especially since TeleTracking created the market. But bed management is only part of the story.

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Categories: Bed Management, Real-Time Capacity Management

Real-Time Dirty Bed Notifications and Hospital Operational Efficiency

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Real-time dirty bed notifications are invalubale for housekeeping/EVS staff when it comes to improving hospital operational efficiency.

This was the topic of conversation for the 6th session of our webinar series entitled: “7 Ways to Master Operational Efficiencies in Your Hospital” hosted by Maria Romano, Clinical Product Consultant at TeleTracking.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management

Patient Placement, Pull vs. Push and Hospital Operational Efficiency

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Does your hospital employ a “push” or “pull” approach when it comes to patient placement?

That was the subject of the 4th session in our webinar series entitled: “7 Ways to Master Operational Efficiencies in Your Hospital” hosted by Maria Romano, Clinical Product Consultant at TeleTracking.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Real-Time Capacity Management

Managing Organizational LOS for Hospital Operational Efficiency

blog snippet-resized-600How does your hospital manage organizational Length of Stay or LOS?

This was the topic of conversation for the 3rd session of our webinar series entitled: “7 Ways to Master Operational Efficiencies in Your Hospital” hosted by Maria Romano, Clinical Product Consultant at TeleTracking.

By definition, Length of Stay is a metric used to measure the duration of a single episode of hospitalization for a patient. Inpatient days are calculated using this simple formula:

Day of Admission – Day of Discharge = LOS

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

Predicting vs. Reacting for Hospital Operational Efficiency

blog snippet-resized-600Did you get a chance to tune in last Friday for “Predicting vs. Reacting to the Everyday Capacity Crunch“, the 2nd session of our webinar series entitled: “7 Ways to Master Operational Efficiencies in Your Hospital.” The first session addressed From Silos to Organizational Transparency for Operational Efficiency.

During her 30-minute presentation, TeleTracking’s Maria Romano highlighted the importance of prediction vs. reaction when dealing with the everyday capacity crunch faced by hospitals.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Real-Time Capacity Management

Seven Ways to Master Operational Efficiency in Your Hospital

Register Now-TeleTracking Webinar SeriesIn its recent study, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified six major factors – or operational inefficiencies – that contribute to the $750 billion the IOM claims is wasted annually by the US healthcare system.

They are:

1. Unnecessary Services ($210 Billion)
2. Inefficient Delivery of Care ($130 Billion)
3. Excess Administrative Costs ($190 Billion)
4. Inflated Prices ($105 Billion)
5. Prevention Failures ($55 Billion)
6. Fraud ($75 Billion)

So what can YOU do to help close these gaps? We think the most realistic goal is to reduce costs by mastering operational efficiencies.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Patient Safety, Real-Time Capacity Management

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

Critical Care Nurses: Transfer Center ‘Point Guards’

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NURSES:  Point Guards in the Fight Against Hospital Diversions

There’s no question that automated hospital Transfer Centers are saving lives. What is often overlooked is the amount of revenue they generate, and the important role nurses are playing in evolving the Transfer Center.

Critical care nurses are the “point guards” in the most successful Transfer Centers around the country. In fact, a key “Best Practice” for implementing a successful transfer center operationcalls for critical care nurses to man the Transfer Center on a 24/7 basis because they are so adept at making fast, smart decisions regarding patient care.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Bed Management, Patient Flow, Transfer / Referral Center