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The Multiple Pieces of Operating Room Turnaround Time and the Hidden Elements of Waste Between Them

October 18, 2018

By Allison Newman Most hospitals define turnaround time as previous patient ‘wheels out’ to the next patient ‘wheels in’ – where ‘wheels out’ and ‘wheels in’ are the exact times that a patient bed rolls out of or into an operating room (OR). This is a key metric in determining OR efficiency, as long turnarounds… read more →




The Continuing Rise in Rehabilitation Outpatient Care

August 17, 2015

Hospitals across the country are reporting a constant rise in the number of patients seeking outpatient rehabilitation care.  This trend is driven by several factors, with one of the most notable being the fact that insurance providers are attempting to manage costs by steering patients away from higher cost, inpatient settings.  As copays are also… read more →




Can 3D Printers Drive Medical Development?

June 29, 2015

With the advent of the 3D printer, we have seen a little bit of science fiction enter into our homes.  But there has been few areas that have benefited quite like prototyping, particularly in the medical field with a two-fold benefit. Medical device research and development is without a doubt the highest capital expense when… read more →




Squeezing out Waste in the US Medical Devices Industry

February 26, 2015

Medical devices companies are in for a gut-wrenching transition over the next five years.  While many companies have enjoyed gross margins in excess of 70% and a relatively static and complacent competitive environment over the past two decades, it seems that the industry is in for a pronounced shift. Average selling prices (ASP) are being… read more →




Inventory: Safety Stock and Reorder Levels

November 25, 2014

Supply chain optimization can be achieved on many levels: strategic (1-5 years), tactical (6-12 months) and operational (several weeks to 6 months). One of the operational areas that always provides an opportunity to improve the bottom line of any supply chain is, inventory  




Improving Health Care Reimbursement

May 29, 2014

A diverse array of payer guidelines has created new challenges to streamlining processes. U.S. Health Insurance Impacts on Commercial Providers There currently is no standard health insurance provided in the United States, nor mandates that require individuals to purchase health insurance (individually or through an employer). Although low-income earners are automatically qualified for Medicaid through… read more →