NAPLES, Fla., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "Real-Time Management" as a powerful business tool for hospitals was to be the highlight of TeleTracking Technologies' (www.teletracking.com) annual client conference, which started here today.
The five-hospital Methodist Healthcare System, of San Antonio, TX, was showcased for the innovative ways it uses TeleTracking's real-time patient flow data to improve patient safety and revenue generation.
"Methodist Healthcare is placing a 'moving picture' of their entire operation on the desks of every executive via our enhanced Patient Flow Dashboard," said TeleTracking CEO Anthony Sanzo, "so that at any point in the day, at any facility, they can intervene to keep things running efficiently."
TeleTracking developed the more robust Dashboard with Methodist Healthcare to further the system's real-time management initiative, part of its overall focus on improving patient throughput. Dashboard graphics update every five minutes to show viewers such metrics as which nursing units are complying with 11 a.m. discharge goals, which are accepting patients within a 90-minute window and whether staff resources are matching volume requirements. The new Dashboard is scheduled for general release in 2011.
Methodist Healthcare, which currently provides daily reports to 35 director-level decision makers, already has experienced dramatic time savings in the throughput process, a sharp increase in incoming patient transfers, and a significant rise in overall admissions.
Since the implementation of TeleTracking's suite of solutions, time required to assign a bed dropped 78%, request-to-occupied time was down 52%, bed turn time was down 27%, "lost bed time" dropped from 76 minutes to 33 minutes, and ED diversion time fell from 600 hours a month to just eight hours. Meanwhile, patient transfers from other facilities increased 65% and revenues increased 7.9%.
Also scheduled to share success stories of process improvement were Greater Baltimore Medical Center Greenville Medical Center, and Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In addition, clients could take part in a "hands-on" demonstration lab for TeleTracking's RadarFind Asset Tracking Sensor Network.
Other topics included:
Using TeleTracking Technology to Prevent the Spread of Hospital Acquired Infections. How hospitals use computer-automated technology to alert staff about potential exposure to infection, and to monitor and document isolation beds to reduce infection.
Delivering Key Metrics with TeleTracking's Reporting & Analytics Portfolio: Cutting-edge ways hospitals are using TeleTracking's real-time and historical patient flow data to make business decisions (featuring Custom Reporting Solution™ and Patient Flow Dashboard™).
Benefits of Deploying in an Enterprise/Multi-Site Facility: Why TeleTracking's XT platform delivers outstanding performance for multi-facility health systems.
The Next Generation of Nurse Communications and Patient Flow: How the integration of NaviCare Nurse Call and TeleTracking XT will enable better patient flow directly from the bedside.
A privately held, Pittsburgh-based firm founded in 1991, TeleTracking Technologies has grown to be the world leader of patient flow automation solutions to the healthcare industry. TeleTracking solutions now address patient throughput, overcrowding, asset management, inter-hospital patient transfer, and infection control. They enhance efficiency, save cost, generate revenue, and most importantly, ensure that patients get to the right place at the right time with the right resources for optimal care.
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