July 2020

Preparing to Respond to The Challenges of COVID-19 – The Second Wave – Part 2

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , |

Just as critical as building a coordinated response to a pandemic is protecting your staff members while they're working long hours in difficult conditions.

June 2020

Preparing to Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19 – The Second Wave – Part 1

June 29th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The vulnerabilities of our healthcare system have been made painfully apparent, and longer-term structural reforms are necessary to sustain healthcare systems into the future.

The Support of (and Resistance to) the OR Flip Room

June 16th, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Operations, Utilization|Tags: , , , , , |

Outside of “How do I (the hospital) improve first case on-time start and room turnover?” the next most asked question for surgeries is, “Do the metrics include our flip rooms, and how is providing more than one room to physicians affecting those metrics?”

May 2020

How Consolidated Service Centers Can Ensure Resources during Healthcare Disasters – Part 2

May 18th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the right planning and integration of all stakeholders, the CSC can serve as the hub connecting the patient, provider, manufacturer, distributor, public sector, and federal response teams.

How Consolidated Service Centers Can Ensure Resources during Healthcare Disasters – Part 1

May 13th, 2020|Categories: Optimization|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The sheer volume and clinical complexity of the healthcare supply chain creates vulnerabilities and infrastructure strains when confronted with issues such as a pandemic. Health systems must plan appropriately for disruptions in their supply and prepare to meet patient care demands.

April 2020

Reevaluating Critical Care Needs after the Pandemic

April 29th, 2020|Categories: Capacity|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s doubtful that we’ll see hospitals convert a majority of their medical/surgical beds into ICU beds. However, we anticipate that facilities will reevaluate projected ICU bed need.

What to Consider When Reopening a Department

April 28th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The top priority when reopening hospital departments is staff and patient safety. There are a number of steps you can take to create a safe environment for reintroducing programs that have been reduced or closed during the COVID pandemic.

Worrying about Integrating Patients Back into Your Surgical Services?

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Capacity, Operations, Patient Care|Tags: , , , , , |

CMS has issued their initial guidelines and key providers in surgery have released their recommended roadmap for resuming elective surgeries, but where do you start?

It’s Past Time to Move to Telehealth

April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Operations, Patient Care|Tags: , , , , , |

Many are delaying shifting to telehealth because they are overwhelmed by creating the perfect environment for providers and patients. In the end, waiting to execute a telehealth plan until it is absolutely perfect will just hinder the transition.

Top 10 Strategic & Operational Trends We Expect Post-COVID-19

April 13th, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 changes we’re anticipating from a strategic and operational healthcare perspective on the other side of the curve, in the next few months as well as over the next couple of years.

Providing a Better Environment for Healthcare Workers

April 6th, 2020|Categories: Space Allocation|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare workers are tirelessly working in the hospitals, clinics, and testing centers while putting themselves and their families at risk and oftentimes in less-than-ideal work conditions.

Managing Access and Flow for Immunocompromised Patients’ Safety

April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Operations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Managing patient access to a healthcare facility is just one way to keep patients as safe as possible, especially when they are immunocompromised. However, this task can be a complex one, especially for a cancer center.

Supporting Patients to Integrate Technology into Their Daily Health

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Operations, Patient Care|Tags: , , , , |

Wearable health trackers and apps are tremendously useful in managing healthcare. However, the opportunity to track their health metrics can be daunting for the patient.

March 2020

Planning in a Time of Constrained Capacity

March 19th, 2020|Categories: Capacity, Emergency Department, Operations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Every health system and hospital in the world is trying to answer urgent questions about COVID-19 response planning. Simulation planning can be the ideal solution.

February 2020

November 2019

Activation Readiness: The Devil Is in the Details

November 18th, 2019|Categories: Implementation, Patient Care, Transition Planning|Tags: , , , |

The goal of any hospital activation project is to maintain or improve patient safety and care quality in a new space. But the activation team must also consider many other needs.

How to Stop Throwing Money Out the Window

November 5th, 2019|Categories: Capital Assets, Facility Condition Assessment, Operations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Deciding how and where to allocate your healthcare system's limited budget can’t just be done “the way we’ve always done it.” You must develop a plan that is driven by the system’s market strategies and incorporates operational efficiencies.

The Importance of Persona Building

November 1st, 2019|Categories: Patient Care|Tags: , , , , , |

Understanding your patient population in a deeper manner than at the market level is an important step in designing space that serves the patient. It’s important to understand the variety of challenges a patient might encounter on their progression through a visit to your facility.

October 2019

Activation Readiness: Are You Sure You Didn’t Forget Something?

October 29th, 2019|Categories: Operations, Transition Planning|Tags: , , , |

Having someone remind you of a forgotten task as it pertains to a hospital opening can help allow you to get ahead of possible bottlenecks before there is a delay or discontinuity in the delivery of patient care.