Patient Flow Dashboard™

powered by TeleTracking XT

Better capacity management is emerging as a key financial strategy for healthcare executives looking to address the impact of reform legislation. TeleTracking's Patient Flow Dashboard™ application, powered by TeleTracking XT™, was designed to help hospital leadership monitor the real-time status of enterprise-wide flow operations and increase revenue from existing capacity.

Computerized dashboards have been popular in various industries for some time because their meters, gauges and charts provide instant understanding of where an organization’s performance is versus pre-set goals at any point in time. Now, high-performing health systems across the nation are deploying dashboards to promote quality improvement and accountability, according to a recent report by the Health Research and Educational Trust. They’re also using these tools to manage capacity in real time in order to squeeze as much productivity from existing resources as they can.

The Patient Flow Dashboard™ application lets you see a “live” enterprise-wide snapshot, including a multi-campus roll-up, of your healthcare organization’s operational performance, moment by moment. This can help hospital systems avoid bottlenecks and delays as they develop, without the details of reports, which are often geared toward historical trend analysis.

So, when you spot a small problem, you can correct it before it becomes a big problem. And that can be a critical benefit to your organization when you consider that optimizing patient flow and capacity is perhaps the most immediate way to improve operational performance.

The Patient Flow Dashboard™ is an important element of TeleTracking’s newly formed Business Analytics Division, which was created to give hospitals a finely honed, better-informed approach to managing operations in response to health care reform challenges. Although TeleTracking has long been recognized as the leading provider of actionable data for improving patient flow, its reports were look-backs of the previous day, week, month or year. The Patient Flow Dashboard™ makes that storehouse of performance data available in the present, so operations can be managed in real time, with immediate transparency and accountability.

The Patient Flow Dashboard™ displays Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) collected by TeleTracking’s applications as easy-to-read visual indicators on a single screen. These KPIs generally are presented in graphic form as a ratio of actual performance to target, so users can instantly know if they’re off plan without concentrating on the metric. And TeleTracking has designed in the flexibility to integrate data from other sources, such as the ED and OR.

The Patient Flow Dashboard™ displays performance goals against actual minute-by-minute performance indicators, allowing managers to spot emerging problems and intervene to prevent those problems from growing. It also allows executives and patient placement specialists to instantly know where there is available capacity in the system and in which units. In addition, physicians and other caregivers can be proactive in the flow process by knowing how many patients must be discharged in order to admit new patients.

Whether you are an executive, a manager, a nurse or physician, the dashboard has a place on your desk, because everyone has an impact on operational flow.

Learn more about how to add real dollars to your hospital's bottom line with Real-Time Capacity Management.