November 2020

Are Hospital Outpatient Surgery Centers Destined to Be the “Radio Star”?

November 18th, 2020|Categories: Ambulatory|Tags: , , , , , |

In today’s telehealth world, we’re seeing a demand for services to be brought into our homes, but since surgery is a service that can’t be done remotely, we haven’t heard much about how this changing dynamic will affect the surgery arena.

The Tipping Point: COVID-19 Positions to End the Decades-long Battle for Telehealth Reimbursement

November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Patient Care|Tags: , , , , |

You don’t necessarily have to be in the healthcare industry to see that COVID-19 has changed the way we approach the delivery of healthcare services. With disruption comes positive change, and one area seeing momentum is within the adoption of telehealth.

September 2020

Predicting the Future of Healthcare Needs

September 30th, 2020|Categories: Patient Care|Tags: , , , , , |

We’ve heard the expression “Hindsight is 20/20,” but that doesn’t mean we have to move forward blindly. Artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics are increasingly helping us better anticipate the future and, from a population health perspective, are informing tools to aid in disease prevention and locate areas that need healthcare resources.

Moving to a New Building? Invest in Change Management

September 17th, 2020|Categories: Operations, Patient Care, Transition Planning|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For new initiatives to stick and truly make an impact, change management is a must. When working with new construction, arguably a system’s largest initiative, change management should be at the forefront of your discussions.

August 2020

Technology’s Impact on Perioperative Spaces

August 26th, 2020|Categories: Operating Room, Space Allocation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The one thing that the current pandemic is teaching us is that technology is going to play a larger part in how healthcare is delivered in the future. Specifically, technology will have a significant impact on the square footage requirements within the acute care perioperative space.

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.

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