Have Your Nursing Shortages Escalated Into Capacity Issues?

For years, we have heard about impending nursing shortages. Today, shortages that were regional and seemed manageable have escalated into much more critical problems. Surges of acutely ill patients during upswings in the pandemic, combined with a rebound of backlogged surgeries and delayed care, have stretched nurses to the breaking point. They’ve become burned out and are leaving the bedside. [...]

By |2022-06-21T13:42:48+00:00June 21st, 2022|

Flexible Block Management Transforms OR Scheduling

Perioperative leaders focus on structuring block schedules by surgeon or service line to maximize use of operating rooms. But most approaches pigeonhole organizations into a one-size-fits-all approach for managing blocks that doesn't align with surgeons' needs, departmental priorities, or changing circumstances, leading to financial repercussions and dissatisfied surgeons and staff. Experts in Block Scheduling Management In a May webinar hosted [...]

By |2022-06-10T17:49:02+00:00June 6th, 2022|

Hospital Data Management & Preventing Forever-itis in IT Projects

At Hospital IQ, we start projects with strong data management. We maintain a data specification that we share with customers so they can understand and scope out the amount of work necessary to set up our software platform. A detailed review of this specification usually happens at the main kickoff meeting after the contract has been signed, but it can [...]

By |2022-06-10T17:49:53+00:00May 23rd, 2022|

The Best Way to Engage a New Client’s IT Team

When the demos are done and the ink is dry on the contacts, the messy and detailed work of extracting data from client IT systems gets underway in earnest. We have likely already had a meeting or two with IT leadership where we can make a first impression and help them understand the type of data we need, but we’ve [...]

By |2022-06-10T17:51:05+00:00April 21st, 2022|

Delivering the Benefits of Digital Healthcare Operations

In the U.S., electronic medical record (EMR) vendors have largely succeeded in digitizing healthcare data. Fueled by the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, specifically the Hi-Tech provisions and associated available stimulus dollars, hospitals rapidly implemented EMRs that could help them reach “meaningful use” and therefore offset the cost of their investment. In 2009, only 12.2% [...]

By |2022-04-12T14:33:40+00:00April 7th, 2022|

Overcoming Hospital Discharge Process Challenges with Intelligent Automation

In many situations, the most successful approach is to begin with the end in mind. That is especially appropriate when it comes to capacity management. Effective admissions and patient throughput rely on proactive discharge planning. A hospital discharge process that begins as soon as the patient is admitted can reduce the length of stay, eliminate unnecessary excess days, increase overall [...]

By |2022-03-29T01:05:37+00:00March 28th, 2022|

Hospital Capacity Planning is More Than Patient Flow & Physical Space

Hospital capacity planning also requires enabling your frontline staff Technology solutions are often described as part of a three-legged stool, with people and process comprising the other legs. While technology is the enabler, people and processes must also be in sync in order for the technology to have the intended impact on operational improvement. Without all three, the strategy is [...]

By |2022-03-14T13:12:46+00:00March 14th, 2022|

Top 5 Lessons Learned When Changing Hospital Management Systems

Procuring a new hospital management system often takes many months and requires buy-in and approval from different stakeholders during the process, including clinicians, purchasing agents, and C-suite executives. However, procurement is truly just the precursor to actually achieving improvement in your operation. And oftentimes, end users and key stakeholders (e.g., nurses and surgeons) were not involved in the buying process. [...]

By , |2022-03-03T16:50:45+00:00February 28th, 2022|

Dynamic Block Management: New Thinking for Resilience, Recovery, and Routine Perioperative Management

Perioperative Management in the (Post-) COVID-19 Era OR time, already a limited resource, has become even more difficult to manage due to unrelenting disruptions such as short staffing, OR shutdowns, and patient testing requirements stemming from ongoing COVID-19 variant waves. These disruptions are putting additional strain - and by default, a spotlight - on operational processes that were already suboptimal. [...]

By |2022-06-10T17:53:16+00:00February 22nd, 2022|
Go to Top