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Patient Flow Weekly Top Three | Issue 10

Patient Flow Weekly | Industry Insights from TeleTracking
Each week, we highlight the top three stories from our current Patient Flow Weekly Issue.  Subscribe today!

Managing Patient Flow and Improving Efficiencies

Technology to track beds, equipment, staff and patients through a hospital has been used in the USA for years, with positive effect, and now there is growing interest in employing it in the NHS. » Continue reading

Categories: Client Case Studies, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, EMR / Healthcare IT, Future of Healthcare, Patient Flow, Patient Flow Weekly, Weekly Top Three

Patient Flow Weekly Top Three | Latest Stories from our Newsletter

Patient Flow Weekly | Industry Insights from TeleTracking

The average person sends and receives a total of 100+ business emails per day. We value your time – and your inbox space – so we’ve simplified the way we delivery industry news, client outcomes, and our patient flow expertise to you.  With Patient Flow Weekly, a single weekly email, you’ll have everything you’ll need to stay up-to-date and drive outcomes at your hospital or healthcare system.

Continue reading for the Top Three stories from the first 3 issues of Patient Flow Weekly:

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Categories: Future of Healthcare, Patient Access, Patient Flow, Patient Flow Weekly, Weekly Top Three

Opportunities in Nursing IT Keep Growing

Opportunities in Nursing ITAs healthcare becomes increasingly more digitized, opportunities for nurses continue to grow.

Nursing informatics specialists are constantly being pulled into initiatives that deal with new regulations and new technologies, and their contributions are being recognized.

The 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Study shows steady increases in annual salary and the number of information technology-related post-graduate degrees.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Future of Healthcare

TeleTracking Offering Protects Against 2-Midnight Rule

2-Midnight RuleRecent buzz suggests that the 2-Midnight Rule may be replaced with a “kinder, gentler” short-stay payment model. But long-time Medicare watchers say, “don’t bet on it.” Even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking for input on a short stay payment structure, there’s no guarantee that the controversial rule will go away anytime soon…if ever.

The 2-Midnight Rule is intended to reduce the admission of Medicare patients who could be treated on an outpatient basis. The rule aims to limit the growth in extended observation stays at hospitals, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Future of Healthcare, Patient Flow

The NSA and the Future of Healthcare

NSA-spying-future-of-healthcare (350x234)In the “Brave New World” of Healthcare, futurists insist the primary focus will be on prevention, with the help of technology to gather data.

That doesn’t mean just jogging a few miles a week and cutting back on the pork rinds.  In fact, in one futurist scenario about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (see #4 “I am my own medical home” pages 14-16), citizens will use home-based bio-monitors and other devices to constantly update electronic medical records, resulting in more timely preventative care. They will have access to a digital health coach (avatar), a virtual person who condenses online medical information to provide advice on behavioral changes to improve their health.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

How Can Healthcare Be a Good Investment?

healthcare-good-investment (350x233)With so much uncertainty in the healthcare sector these days, it’s hard to imagine anyone suggesting this sector might be a good investment.

But in the October 3 issue of Forbes Magazine, author Kristina Zucchi did just that, albeit with certain provisos, in an article titled Investing in Healthcare Facilities.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Healthcare Automation that Eliminates Wasted Time, Not People

healthcare-automation-eliminates-wasted-timeSince the Industrial Revolution, automation has been viewed as the enemy of the employee.  The word “automation” itself can conjure images of robots so smart they will eventually replace humans.

Certainly, there are instances in healthcare of robots delivering hot meals and medications, and robot pharmacies preparing those meds.  But not all automation replaces workers. Some types simply make them more efficient.

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Categories: Future of Healthcare

TeleTracking Focuses on Transformation! Evolution! Revolution!

TeleTracking-client-conference-2013Transformation! Evolution! Revolution!

TeleTracking hosted a capacity crowd of healthcare leaders from across the country and the globe at the 11th Annual Client Conference last month in San Diego, CA.

Transformation | Evolution | Revolution formed the theme – representing the past, present and future of healthcare operational management from the perspective of the company that invented the category.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

The Logic(al) Evolution of Computer Logic in Healthcare

Evolution-of-Computer-logic-in-healthcare (190x250)For years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been slowly making its way into healthcare.

There are now computer applications that analyze symptoms at lightning speed, providing a prioritized list of probable ailments that help doctors make patient diagnoses. AI-enabled programs also help clinicians read diagnostic images and in some cases analyze those images for the doctor.

Yet another role for AI involves the automation of processes that make care delivery possible.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Overcrowding, Patient Flow, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Hospitals Taking Cues from Disney for Hospital Patient Satisfaction

Hospitals-Disney-Customer-Satisfaction-Cues (250x161)With the Affordable Care Act tying Medicare reimbursement to hospital patient satisfaction, hospitals have been turning to customer service leaders like the Disney Company for advice on how to please their patients.

According to an article in the New York Times titled, ‘In Customer Service Consulting Disney’s Small World Is Growing‘, the company has even started its own consulting arm, called the Disney Institute, to assist businesses in improving customer satisfaction.  The article notes that Florida Hospital, a 22-campus chain, now employs “a ukulele-playing greeter dressed in safari gear” and exhibits “calming video art” in various locations.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Overcrowding, Patient Flow