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Communication – Key to Patient Flow

TeleTracking Instant NotifyEffective, efficient communication is key to effective, efficient patient flow.  If there are communication breakdowns between departments, there’s often confusion and delays in getting patients to the right level of care.  These delays often lead to unnecessary and redundant phone calls and pages, and undo / redo of patient bed assignments.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

Effective Ways to Improve Patient Access

Expediting Patient AccessCentralized Command Centers: The Most Effective Way to Improve Patient Access

Patients arrive at hospitals every day through different paths.  Some through the Emergency Department, some through physician referrals, and some through scheduled procedures. What makes all of these situations similar is the fact that critically ill patients need access to care at the right place and the right time.

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TeleTracking Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness WeekThe National Patient Safety Foundation’s  Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off on Sunday.  A week where the efforts of healthcare professionals to keep patients safe and provide optimum, quality care is recognized.  Critical to patient safety is the operational efficiency of a health system – and the strategies and tactics to maximize it.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Safety

HIMSS16 Day Two Recap

Lisa Maples-HealthFirst
Lisa Maples-HealthFirst

We’re happy to share photos that show how the momentum continued throughout day two of HIMSS16!

Conference-goers were flocking to take in product demonstrations, as well as hear client success stories presented by Ali Anderson, Data Analyst at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Lisa Maples, Director of Patient Logistics at Health First.

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Booth #7410 – the place to be at HIMSS16

HIMSS Booth #7410Booth #7410 was the place to be at HIMSS16 yesterday!  More than 40,000 people are walking the floors of the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas this week, and it’s TeleTracking’s biggest and best opportunity to share how our solutions are making an impact.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, HIMSS16

High Reliability Organizations

The Future of Digital Healthcare was recently the focus of a McKinsey & Co. seminar in Dubai.  TeleTracking President, Michael Gallup, shared his insights as part of a panel discussion on the topic of Revolutionizing the Way Healthcare is Delivered.  Highlights from this seminar and panel discussion are outlined below.

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Categories: Operational Efficiency

Patient Flow Solutions on display at HIMSS16

TeleTracking at HIMSS16After having just been named Patient Flow Category Leader for the 5th consecutive year by U.S. healthcare market research leader KLAS, we’re taking our solutions to the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas February 29 – March 4, 2016.  This is one of the largest health IT shows of the year, bringing together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.

The crowds flocking to HIMSS16 demonstrate how much the field of patient flow is evolving.  When TeleTracking started 25 years ago, the notion of patient flow  didn’t exist.  However, the idea has been steadily growing as hospitals and health systems begin understanding the important role that effective, efficient flow plays in patient experience, caregiver experience and the other factors that drive value.

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The Quality of Patient Care

Ideal CareWe have previously posted about the value of time in healthcare and the impact that it can have on the quality of patient care.  The implications of ‘time’ are significant because it can affect a patient’s experience throughout the continuum of care and also their safety.

Diving more deeply into the topic, The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recently hosted a webinar, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement, that provided an overview of the current state of patient safety in the United States.  The webinar covered information presented in their report which was an update of a similar report 15 years earlier.

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Categories: Patient Safety

Patient Flow: a view from across the pond

Across the PondQ | How is patient flow affecting UK Healthcare?

A | Improving patient flow is the blockbuster process for hospital efficiency; by ensuring that patients move throughout a healthcare environment in the most efficient and effective manner possible, we can reduce delays and make sure patients receive the right care at the right time.

We have come to know well that poor patient flow management is related to a series of problems that typically plague modern hospitals such as: short supplies; long queues and delays, bottlenecks; waste of resources; long length of stays and delayed discharges; low levels of productivity; inappropriateness of clinical settings; and workload variability. » Continue reading

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TeleTracking’s 25th Year

TeleTracking Patient Flow QuarterlyThe beginning of each year is the perfect time to reflect and look to the future with energy, passion and optimism.  This is particularly true as 2016 marks TeleTracking’s 25th year of helping hospitals and health systems deliver more timely and purposeful care.  When we started this journey in 1991, the internet was in its infancy and hotels were doing a better job of getting rooms cleaned and ready for the next guest than hospitals.

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Categories: Author: Kris Kaneta, HIMSS16, Patient Flow