Patient Discharge Performance Improvement: The Benefits of Intelligent Automation to Optimize Discharge Practices

Intelligent Automation Delivers Sustainable Patient Discharge Performance Improvement Our series on patient discharge performance improvement opened with a review of why project-based initiatives don’t deliver sustainable results, detailing that the root of the problem is the massive amount of information that is created and maintained manually through written notes, text messages, phone calls, and conversations, and then siloed across clinical and [...]

By |2021-10-12T14:13:11+00:00October 12th, 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|

Predicting Discharge Barriers to Optimize Patient Flow

Hospital IQ isn’t here just to predict and pinpoint problems, we are using the Hospital’s unique data set and providing timely and accurate recommendations before they occur, enabling leaders to manage patient flow and discharge issues proactively. By predicting discharge barriers like missed tests, care teams are able to reduce length of stay, decrease avoidable days and reduce ED boarding.

By |2022-01-13T19:01:42+00:00February 25th, 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|

How to Expedite Your Patient Discharge Process

A high-priority topic for many healthcare organizations is establishing an efficient discharge process. How can hospitals decrease the time it takes to discharge a patient? Hospital IQ has worked with our clients to develop the patient flow planner, a discharge automation tool that reduces length of stay through better patient flow management. One of the most successful discharge practices we’ve [...]

By |2020-09-08T16:15:02+00:00September 8th, 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|

5 Strategies for Hospitals to Reduce Inefficiencies and Patient Length of Stay

This article was originally published on Becker's Hospital Review. Growth in the healthcare industry has helped to increase accessibility to services, but it has often led to operational inefficiencies. By using predictive analytics, healthcare providers can tackle these inefficiencies, giving clinicians and administrators the time and insight to proactively manage potential issues, resulting in improved patient care. Adopting these tools [...]

By |2020-07-13T19:58:43+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Surge Plans: They’re Not Just for the Emergency Department

For years, I’ve had a weekly Google alert that serves up articles on hospital patient flow. About 75% of the articles I get are news stories about packed emergency departments (EDs): patients lined up in on gurneys in hallways, primarily in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India. These patients are waiting for both treatment [...]

By |2020-03-31T14:28:57+00:00February 25th, 2020|

How to Accelerate Inpatient Discharge Management

I’m not breaking any new ground when I say that improving hospital patient flow is really, really hard. Several months ago, I wrote about the challenges in improving observation patient management. (You can now see the recent outcomes of that work here!) I’d like to expand those ideas to tackle a thornier problem: inpatient discharge management. Those on the front [...]

By |2020-09-14T20:33:21+00:00December 3rd, 2019|
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