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To Improve Hospital Capacity, Build New or Automate?

Increase hospital capacityHow is it that, in the worst economy since the Great Depression, we’re experiencing one of the biggest hospital construction booms in history?

Why have the nation’s hospitals, which pledged to the White House they would save $200 billion over the next decade, borrowed $144 billion for new construction over the last four years and why are they planning to spend $200 billion over the next ten?

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Real-Time Capacity Management

3 RTLS Solutions For Banishing Corridor Clutter Culprits

Hospital ClutterOr, How RTLS helps address Hospital Safety, Joint Commission Accreditation and Corridor Clutter

In a recent review of a Joint Commission Online Article titled, “Managing Corridor Clutter,” TeleTracking’s RTLS Workflow Services group identified several opportunities to address specific Joint Commission and CMS corridor clutter policies with a well-planned, creatively-utilized TeleTracking RTLS system.

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Categories: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

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)

Workflow Improvement in Healthcare To Survive Reform

Blanton GodfreyWorkflow improvement is key to surviving health care reform
–Blanton Godfrey

International productivity expert Blanton Godfrey predicts health reform will produce a lot of “big winners and big losers” among the nation’s 5,000-plus hospitals.

Godfrey, who co-founded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, recommends hospitals take a page from industry and concentrate on workflow improvement in order to be in the winner’s circle.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Real-Time Capacity Management

Don’t Buy an RTLS System Before You Read This!

RTLS MattersRTLS (Real Time Location Systems) has evolved into a significant enabler of end-to-end hospital logistics platform called Real-Time Capacity Management.

This platform allows hospital decision-makers to manage functional operations in real-time across the entire enterprise. As a result, it creates better utilization of people, space and other resources, which in turn accrues to the bottom line. » Continue reading

Categories: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

The Healthcare Checklist: A Simple List That Saves Lives

Healthcare ChecklistWarren Buffet doesn’t make an investment without one. Pilots don’t take a plane up without one. Yet many people are very reluctant to use the simple tool know as the checklist. Especially, it seems, in healthcare.

The checklist was developed by the U.S. Air Force decades ago to help pilots deal with the increasing complexities of aircraft. It began as a simple pre-flight walk around the plane and instrument check, a routine that private pilots do to this day. [See Checklist mentality… it’s a good thing from the Air Force Safety Center.]

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Categories: Patient Safety

A Patient Flow Checklist for Nurses

Patient Flow ChecklistNurses can’t control the number of beds in their hospital or the number of patients seeking access on any given day. But they can do a number of things to improve bed availability and reduce length of stay. Here’s our patient flow checklist for nurses.

Advocate for proper patient placement including participation in multi-disciplinary rounds to understand patient needs and contribute vital patient assessment information.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Overcrowding, Patient Flow

The Nurse as “Knowledge Worker” with Mobile Access for Patient Care

Mobile Access for NursesNearly three-quarters of nurses use smart phones on the job, according to a recent study by healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

The same study found that 66 percent of nursing students use smart phones in nursing school.

Recognizing the mobile trend early, TeleTracking has been offering hand-held PDAs for years so nurses can access its patient flow software from anywhere in the hospital. Now we offer apps for other mobile appliances.

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

TeleTracking Salutes Super Nurse Jaclyn Hunter

Jaclyn Hunter, RNFaster than a speeding bullet” certainly fits. So does “more powerful than a locomotive.”

But even Super Nurse Jaclyn Hunter can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound. She still has to take the elevator. 

Jaclyn was the first nurse to send us a photo of her wearing one of our Super RN T-Shirts, which were given away in honor of Nurses Week. And Jaclyn certainly qualifies as a Super RN. She’s a performance improvement nurse, which means that she works to ensure that quality and safe patient care is provided to every patient at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in rural Arizona. 

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Categories: Patient Flow

EMRs: Taking the Slow Lane to Progress on ROI

EMRs:  Taking the slow laneWhile the cost of digitizing the “patient experience,” medical records and all, is soaring, no one seems to be asking about the ROI.

The question is: Why not?

Duke University Health System will spend $700 million over seven years to build out its digital backbone, according to the Duke Chronicle. Yale medical group will spend $250 million to switch to a large EMR vendor next year, the Yale Daily News says.

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Categories: EMR / Healthcare IT, Financial Health of Hospitals