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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 -

San Diego hospital ERs experience patient deluge

The volume of emergency room visits in San Diego County grew 40 percent from 2004 to 2014, while the county's population grew just 7 percent in that time, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report. By Heather Punke -

Communication is key to patient flow

Effective, 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.  By Staff -

Study shows overcrowded EDs at hospitals with high volume of minority patients lead to ambulance diversion

Emergency department overcrowding is concerning for any patient who requires care. That said, it is particularly concerning for black heart attack patients, who are more likely than white patients to have their ambulance diverted from a crowded ED, according to new research in the journal BMJ Open.  By Shannon Barnet -

Centralized 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.  By Staff -

Patient Safety Awareness Week highlights how timeliness plays a part in the era of value-based care delivery

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Patient Safety Awareness Week kicked off on Sunday.  By Staff -

New Jersey Devils choose Barnabas Health as official healthcare partner

West Orange, N.J.-based Barnabas Health is now the official healthcare partner for the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center entertainment arena, according to a Tap Into West Orange report. By Tamara Rosin -

Capacity problems at Florida Hospital Orlando keep patient in hallway for 2 days

After being transferred from Florida Hospital East in Orlando to Florida Hospital Orlando for hand surgery, a man spent two days in a hospital bed in a hallway, according to the Orlando Sentinel. By Tamara Rosin -

The ED perspective: 4 strategies to improve patient experience

For most hospitals, a patient’s first touch point with the organization is the Emergency Department.  By Tom Peck -

Mass General forms task force to combat ED overcrowding

Nearly five years ago, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston attempted to solve overcrowding in its emergency department with a $500 million expansion. However, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe, the ED at MGH is once again dealing with overcrowding issues. By Brian Zimmerman -

TeleTracking displays how solutions are making an impact at HIMSS16

Booth #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.  By Staff -

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