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Category Archives: Patient Flow

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

Reduce Length of Stay at Your Hospital: Philadelphia 2/21/13 Event

Philly-RTLS-Lunch-LearnWhat better way to learn how to reduce length of stay at your hospital than by hearing from experts, networking with healthcare peers and accessing exclusive training.

TeleTracking has organized just such a program for 2013, with the first taking place on 2/21/13 in Philadelphia in a Lunch & Learn format.

Titled “How Real-Time Capacity Management Can Reduce Length of Stay at Your Hospital“, it features a client spotlight with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a presentation on “5 Tips to Reduce Length of Stay”, and Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) Learning Lab. Each session includes ample opportunity for networking with fellow healthcare professionals over lunch and throughout the day’s events.

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

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

Patient Flow Software Plays Critical Role in Aurora Mass Shootings

Patient Flow Software in Aurora, CO Mass ShootingHow the University of Colorado Hospital used patient flow automation to get the right treatment at the right time for the Aurora shooting victims.

Shortly after midnight, the first dispatch went out:

“Have a party shot here. I need rescue hot.”

Then another:

“Engine 8, we may have a second victim.”

Then a crescendo of calls:

“People who are shot are running out of the theaters.”

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Improving Patient Flow to Help More Sick Kids: Children’s of Atlanta

Children's Hospital of AtlantaNothing is more compelling to the human psyche than a sick child in need of care.
That’s what drives medical professionals into pediatric care. And that’s also what drove Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to improve patient flow and implement a TeleTracking TransferCenter™.

As the single largest pediatric care provider in the Nation, CHOA was being overwhelmed by demand from a huge service area and from around the World.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow

TeleTracking Clients Meet to Measure Hospital Efficiency

Client Conference 2012How do you know your hospital efficiency improvement projects are really improving anything?

When it comes to operational improvements, most U.S. hospitals don’t have a consistent way of knowing. But one in four can point to hard facts. They’re the hospitals who have committed to software automation to manage their capacity, reduce overcrowding and improve operational workflow. They’re the ones who make use of that automation’s key benefit – the real-time information output that it provides, a data stream you can dip into anywhere, anytime – to see how their hospital efficiency initiatives are really working.

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Categories: Overcrowding, Patient Flow

TeleTracking Salutes Super Nurse David Pawlikowski

David Pawlikowski, RNMeet Super RN David Pawlikowski, for whom Life is a Beach in this photo!

Many of us don’t really have a sense of what “vulnerable” means until we spend time as a hospital patient.

For those with serious issues, such as intensive care patients, there can be a sense that things are happening around you and to you, but not actually with you.

That’s when it’s gratifying to have someone like David Pawlikowskion your side.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Patient Flow

Graphically Representing the Hospital Patient Throughput Continuum

Continuum of CareToday’s post is a graphical representation of my view of the patient throughput continuum and the factors that impact hospital resource use and allocation. I title it “Factors for Efficiency in Hospital Resource Use and Allocation.

The top line call out boxes show demand and capacity indicators while the bottom shows the mechanisms that impact these goals.

More specifically, hospital resource demand indicators include factors such as:

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Categories: Patient Flow, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)