Small Changes Drive Big Wins in Hospital Operations

At a shareholders meeting last year, Walmart announced it had found a way to save $30 million. The savings didn’t come from contract negotiations, big data analytics, machine learning, or any other sexy buzzword. The $30 million in savings came from a stepping stool. More accurately, the savings stem from how Walmart’s employees use the stepping stool. To maximize the [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:38:47+00:00February 25th, 2020|

Pull Here for Change: Leverage Points for Improving Hospital Operations

Systems are everywhere. There are small systems, like atoms or cells, and large systems, like the US economy or global trade networks. When people discuss politics, education, or healthcare, they’ll often mention the political system, the education system, or the healthcare system. But what is a system and why should we care? And what does it have to do with [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:50:08+00:00October 15th, 2019|

3 Steps to a Highly Successful Client IT Integration Project

Data is the foundation on which Hospital IQ’s predictive analytics platform is built. But getting the required data from hospitals is not always easy. Hospital IT departments are typically overworked and understaffed. Furthermore, external data requests from vendors typically take lower priority than internal requests from known entities. Given this challenging environment, we’ve found three universal principles that accelerate any [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:43:48+00:00September 3rd, 2019|

A Daily Dilemma: Balancing Efficiency and Redundancy

For nurse staffing managers, balancing the needs of the nurses with the financial constraints facing hospitals can be a delicate, daily process of politics and compromise. And for good reason: as Peter Drucker once remarked, “The hospital is altogether the most complex human organization ever devised.” It seems only natural that some of that complexity trickles down into issues surrounding [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:43:54+00:00August 27th, 2019|

Get Off Paper and On the Same Page

Mobile technology and great software allow hospital systems to manage discharges with an eye toward reducing length of stay and freeing up bed capacity. We’ve all seen it: physicians, nurses, care managers and patient flow specialists carrying a familiar clipboard or binder with printed patient information while they’re making their hospital rounds. You may even be a member of one [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:44:03+00:00August 20th, 2019|

The Confidence that comes with Taking a “Show, Not Just Tell” Approach to Operations Management

Joining Hospital IQ and building closer relationships with our clients has been a very eye-opening and awesome experience for me. Almost 30 years in healthcare workforce management provided me with great experiences, but it had been several years since I had been able to directly help clients in an impactful and gratifying way. Since joining Hospital IQ, having the opportunity [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:45:20+00:00August 6th, 2019|

Your Hospital Should Focus on Learning From Machines, Not Machine Learning

Over the last two weeks, I heard two interesting perspectives on machine learning that illustrate the complexity associated with tools touting this functionality: From a CMO: “We purchased a machine learning tool that was supposed to predict the likelihood of sepsis, but it was complete garbage. How do we know your system works?” From a VP of Periop: “We are [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:45:43+00:00June 25th, 2019|

Analytic-Driven Change And The Role of Governance

Change isn’t easy. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you understand that changing your own behavior is complicated. There are health benefits for most who can drop a few pounds or more, but for some, losing weight can be the difference between a long life and a life cut short with conditions like heart disease or Type 2 diabetes. [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:47:12+00:00February 26th, 2019|

Combining Progressive Leadership and AI-Enabled Change to Transform your Hospital

Given most hospitals’ slim operating margins, progressive healthcare leaders continue to look for new strategies to improve the status of their system. As answers are sought, doors open for organizations to pursue new ways to solve their problems. For many, this means taking their first step into AI-enabled technology. As we enter 2019, many of these organizations are talking about [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:49:31+00:00January 29th, 2019|
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