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The Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group (MSE) has established a new patient flow control centre to provide real-time visibility of bed status and balance anticipated demand with availability.
The 1150 sq ft control centre, which is operational 24/7, 365 days of the year, is located in Billericay and offers the hospitals group a centralised, holistic approach to bed management.
Underpinned by TeleTracking’s operational bed management platform, a dedicated team of 52 nursing professionals will have real-time visibility of open beds across its three sites, increasing access and allowing patient flow to be managed more effectively.
Clare Panniker, chief executive of the three trusts, said: “Traditional bed management processes are debilitating; nurses simply spend too much of their time chasing beds. Establishing the control centre is a chance for us to examine, understand and change the root causes of the problem, reduce bed wastage and improve patient access.”
In addition to providing real-time visibility of its beds, the TeleTracking platform also allows staff across the trusts to analyse operations, use predictive models to anticipate downstream demand, coordinate patient placement, sensor-track resources and patients, and adjust resources to changing circumstances in real-time.