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|

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|

Nursing in Crisis: How Nurse Burnout is Impacting Patient Care

Survey Confirms Nurse Burnout Crisis The long-projected nursing shortage is now upon us. To gain a better understanding of the impact it’s having on frontline nurses, Hospital IQ recently surveyed over 200 registered nurses working in hospitals. While not completely surprising, the survey results are alarming. Here’s what we learned: Chronic short-staffing is having a negative impact on both patients [...]

By |2022-03-24T15:49:07+00:00January 31st, 2022|

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|

Flip Rooms Are Nothing to Flip Out About

Assessment Analysis for a Well-Constructed OR Flip Room Plan Awarding surgeons a flip room is a common practice and often a driving force in recruiting and retaining in-demand surgeons and service lines. From a surgeon’s perspective, flip rooms greatly improve their efficiency and time management. Conversely, from the hospital’s perspective, they generally lower overall utilization and consume twice the resources [...]

By , |2021-12-13T14:19:11+00:00December 13th, 2021|

2021: A Year in Review

At the beginning of 2021, a lot of people were eager to close the book on 2020 and return to normalcy and predictability. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case in many regards. But I saw people continuing to adjust, adapt, and evolve to the challenges thrown our way, and a few noticeable trends emerged over the course of the year.   [...]

By |2021-12-13T13:33:10+00:00December 9th, 2021|
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