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Marketing makes all the difference in improving patient flow

The healthcare industry is always looking at ways to improve the process of moving patients effectively and efficiently through the system—from changing admission and discharge policies, to enhancing staffing structures—and these efforts have helped.  By Jay Johnson -

Beyond CQI: How patient-centered care and efficiency go hand-in-hand

In a recent blog post, Ben Sawyer of Care Logistics discusses how continuous quality improvement (CQI) requires a radical change in thinking for hospitals.  By Staff -

Taking 'access' on the road

Access. The definition is simple – the ability, right or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use. By Staff -

1-hour ER wait times drive Thomas Health CEO's pledge to increase staff size, patient education

South Charleston, W.Va.-based Thomas Health System President and CEO Dan Lauffer has proposed multiple changes to help speed up the health system's emergency room wait times. In Kanawha County ERs, wait times range from an average of one hour to four hours for ambulance-transported patients, according to a WSAZ report. By Tamara Rosin -

4 ways to unlock financial benefits for your bottom line

The financial challenges presented by value-based purchasing and other reimbursement changes have focused hospital CEOs’ attention on identifying additional ways to strengthen their bottom lines.  By Mark Hamm, Chief Development Officer, EmCare -

Nurses’ Day 2016 – reflections from the field

In a recent Nuance blog, Cathy Gorman-Klug reflects on the art of nursing in today’s hospital industry.  By Staff -

Nurses celebrated through National Nurses Week 2016

TeleTracking is celebrating National Nurses Week 2016 by looking at the woman who inspired the profession - Florence Nightingale. By Staff -

Issue 2 of TeleTracking's Patient Flow Quarterly highlights why patient access is a priority

Providing access to the right care at the right time is an increasingly important topic as health systems consolidate, reimbursement structures change and patients have more choices. By Staff -

'Specialty medical home' seeks to provide patient-centered care for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases

A specialty medical home—providing expert medical care coordinated with attention to social support and mental health—is a promising new approach to patient-centered, cost-effective care for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a special "Future Directions" paper in the May issue of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, official journal of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).  By Staff -

Have an ER overcrowding problem? This man says he can help

Eugene Litvak claims to have the answer to overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms, according to a Chicago Tribune report.  By Kelly Gooch -

NHS tackles patient flow challenges

Now more than ever, the National Health Service looks to tackle patient flow challenges by focusing on identifying and implementing solutions and best practices that enable timely access to care.  By Staff -

4 things to know about ProModel's new patient optimization platform

ProModel, a provider of simulation software used in healthcare, pharmaceutical and aerospace organizations, will show its new patient flow optimization platform, FutureFlow Rx, during the Becker's Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting next week in Chicago.  By Kelly Gooch -

Physicians may overuse ER services for patients with non-urgent conditions

A significant proportion of emergency room visits for non-urgent conditions result in the same kind of treatment that many urgent conditions receive, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study. By Max Green -

Minn. ERs struggle to manage surge of psychiatric patients

Emergency rooms across Minnesota are reporting increasing numbers of visits by psychiatric patients, leading to overcrowding and the need to divert patients to other hospitals, according to the Star Tribune. By Tamara Rosin -

Scheduling war between doctors and Arizona VA shows risk of hospital operations catastrophe

Recently, behavioral health physicians at a Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital have stirred up criticism for blocking off open time slots in their schedules.  By Suvas Vajracharya, founder and CEO, Lightning Bolt Solutions -

Washington, DC turns to private ambulances to alleviate high demand

To supplement a system that ran out of available ambulances on a daily basis, Washington, D.C., in March began using a private commercial service to transport patients with less-serious symptoms to the hospital, according to The Washington Post. By Tamara Rosin -

Milwaukee hospitals implement new policy on ambulance diversions

Milwaukee County hospitals can no longer divert ambulances, per a new policy that took effect this month, and organizations have responded in various ways, according to a Journal Sentinel report. By Brian Zimmerman -

Patient first care: Is your hospital really delivering?

Care Logistics recently released a video focusing on the ideal patient experience.  By Staff -

Patient flow talk of the town at AONE & AORN

Patient flow and operational efficiency were among the leading topics at both shows.  By Staff -

Through the eyes of a patient—4 lessons we can learn from walking in their shoes

In a recent Care Logistics' article, Janet Cromley, healthcare journalist and author, takes a look at a patient’s experience and discusses how health systems can work to improve patient satisfaction.  By Staff -

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