Healthcare in 2022 – A Look Ahead

Real-Time Data Will be Key to Patient Access and Increasing Volumes  If 2020 was the year of the shock of the global COVID pandemic on health systems and hospitals, 2021 was the year of healthcare delivery organizations’ response to the shock. As organizations sought to rebound financially, they faced the challenges of controlling costs while trying to return to pre-2020 [...]

By |2022-01-18T15:51:45+00:00January 18th, 2022|

Don’t Leave Valuable Staffing Resources Underutilized In a Crisis

Health systems across the country are still experiencing significant effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing patient surges coupled with staff burnout and turnover are adding to the long-existing healthcare staffing crisis. Just like during the height of the pandemic, every available staffing resource is incredibly valuable. Yet we’ve found that many health systems are inadvertently underutilizing some of their own [...]

By |2021-11-15T14:30:28+00:00November 15th, 2021|

The Cost of Caring: A Nurse’s Perspective

The long-discussed nursing shortage has been accelerated. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs for expansion and replacement of retirees by 2022. Compound that with more nurses than ever before leaving the profession for other industries, a shortage of nursing educators to teach and inspire the next generation of nurses, along with limited [...]

By |2021-11-08T21:09:17+00:00November 8th, 2021|

6 Tips For Managing Inpatient Capacity During COVID-19 Surges

A new surge of COVID-19, fueled by the Delta variant, is unfortunately making its way across the United States. As hospitals once more begin to fill to capacity and beyond, executives and managers need accurate forecasts and flexible systems to make the best use of beds and staff. Additionally, fast communication, real-time staffing, and patient data, which are important factors [...]

By |2021-08-31T13:56:33+00:00August 30th, 2021|

Managing ICU Capacity and Surgical Demand During COVID-19

COVID-19 has created ICU capacity constraints across the country. This has left perioperative and inpatient leaders huddling on strategies to keep their ORs open while ICU capacity is at a premium. Without ICU capacity, OR bottlenecks will occur and force the cancellations of surgeries. The cancellations then have a domino effect impacting patients, physicians, and the hospital’s bottom line.

By |2022-01-12T21:12:19+00:00November 17th, 2020|

7 Tenets for Managing Surgical Services During COVID-19

Last week we participated in the 2020 OR Manager Conference. Although things may have looked different this year, it was still a fantastic event where perioperative leaders connected with their peers to network and share best practices. They were also able to virtually visit booths like ours to see the latest in technology and surgical suite improvements. I had the [...]

By |2020-10-06T12:55:13+00:00October 6th, 2020|

COVID-19 is Here to Stay. So Are Good Discharge Practices.

With the resurgence of COVID-19 both in the U.S. and wider world, it’s safe to say the pandemic will be with us for a long time, and possibly in multiple waves. This has of course affected hospitals across the country, increasing patient volume with longer-than-average patient stays at a time when most hospitals have resumed elective surgeries and are experiencing [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:18:55+00:00August 11th, 2020|

The Pivot to Remote Implementation During COVID-19

Implementing operations management software at hospitals can be challenging even under normal circumstances. Not only concerning the technical aspects, but the interaction with key stakeholders during the process as well. Although data acquisition, mapping, configuration, and testing are the nuts and bolts of any implementation, other areas are critical for not only deploying a system, but ensuring that the client [...]

By |2020-08-04T14:22:22+00:00August 4th, 2020|

MercyOne Des Moines Implements New Tasking Feature

Beth Woodvine is a Clinical Staff Leader in the House Supervisors and Staffing Department at MercyOne Des Moines. This blog is an edited version of a podcast with Beth Woodvine. You can listen to the full conversation in the player here: Hospital IQ · MercyOne Des Moines Implements New Tasking Feature When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Iowa, MercyOne Des Moines [...]

By |2020-06-22T20:07:47+00:00June 18th, 2020|

Best Practices for COVID-19 Data Management

As the COVID-19 pandemic quickly became our clients’ top priority many of them turned to us for support in tracking, managing, and reporting their growing COVID-19 population. We had emergency late-night and early morning meetings that augmented existing analytics dashboards with relevant data feeds ranging from very granular patient-level reporting to data aggregated by unit, hospital, county, and even state. [...]

By |2020-06-11T14:26:01+00:00June 11th, 2020|
Go to Top