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Category Archives: Operational Efficiency

Are U.S. Hospital Operations in Need of an Operation?

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Over the years we’ve all come across studies documenting just how inefficient U.S. Healthcare has become.  Studies by organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, Price WaterhouseCoopers, and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provide commentary on the hundreds of billions of dollars misspent in healthcare.  And, despite spending the most, studies show that the U.S. is still only middle of the road in terms of the timeliness, coordination, safety and effectiveness of patient care.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, Healthcare Operations Management, Operational Efficiency

TeleTracking Named Best Product for Workplace Improvement

Building Better Healthcare TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. has been named the 2014 “Best Product for Improving Working Practices” by the British healthcare publication, Building Better Healthcare.

Each year the publication recognized leaders who are advancing the delivery of healthcare in various ways.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Operational Efficiency, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Are Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?

Are U.S. Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?Since 1970, the world has experienced over 125 thousand terrorist attacks, including 58,000 bombings, according to the Global Terrorism Database.

While the sheer number of events peaked in 1992 at over 3,000, attacks such as 9/11 demonstrate the need for hospitals to continue to prepare for disaster threats.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Healthcare Operations Management, Operational Efficiency

Teaching Efficiency to Tomorrow’s Health Professionals

Teaching Efficiency to Tomorrow's Health ProfessionalsTo shift the healthcare paradigm in America, follow the money.

To illustrate that, Medical Educator, Dr. David Nash, recently pointed to five medical schools in Philadelphia.

“Those five medical schools aren’t focused on the health of populations,” Nash said recently in an August 15, 2014 Forbes article – ‘Health Reform as Simple as Changing Incentives.  David Nash, MD, MBA is the founding dean of Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, Operational Efficiency

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

How About a “60 Minutes” Piece on Hospital Inefficiency?

60 Minutes in Healthcare“60 Minutes” recently reported that Health Management Associates (HMA) demands a 20 percent rate of admissions from some of the emergency departments in the 70-hospital system.

The clear implication was that doctors were under pressure to admit patients who did not require a hospital stay. Doctors interviewed for the piece said they were threatened with dismissal if they fell short of the quota.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Operational Efficiency

Why Ignore Hospital Operations?

Why Ignore Hospital Operations?In a September 21 article, New York Times reporters Reed Abelson, Julie Creswell and Griffin J. Palmer say the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients.

Critics conclude that EMRs make it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services whether or not they provide additional care because of the way billing codes have changed and enable fraud through EMR-assisted cloning and upcoding. Hospitals and physicians counter that the increases reflect more accurate charge capture for services and that patients (older and with more co-morbid conditions) require more care than in past years.

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT, Operational Efficiency

20 Assessment Questions For Optimizing Hospital Efficiency

Hospital Efficiency ChecklilstGetting the most out of what your hospital has now: 20 Questions to Assess Your Hospital’s Operational Efficiency

How do you know if you’re getting the most out of the resources you have?

Here’s a hint.

Unless you utilize a real-time capacity management solution, you probably aren’t.

Over 800 of the nation’s hospitals have fine tuned their operational efficiency through automation, and many of those are ranked as top hospitals in the latest surveys by U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters, or Becker’s or are honored with Magnet designation or Malcolm Baldridge recognition. These hospitals are getting the most out of their existing space, realizing higher performance efficiency, cost savings and revenue production.

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Categories: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, Operational Efficiency, Real-Time Capacity Management

Clinical vs. Operational Platforms: Taking the Bull By the Horns

Clinical vs. Operational PlatformsSo, we thought we’d jump in with both feet and take on thechallenge of clinical (EMRs) vs. operational (capacity, optimization, throughput) platforms.

While the adoption of electronic health records has been good for healthcare, it has also created many additional stresses on already burdened caregivers.   A chaotic environment remains on the operational side of hospitals because of deep vendor and solution fragmentation with little to no integration.

A lot of bull has been slung around – plus around $20 billion in cold, hard cash – concerning the impact of Electronic Medical Records on healthcare.

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Categories: Operational Efficiency, Real-Time Capacity Management