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Fast In Fast Out: Improving Patient Discharge and Increasing Throughput

Hospital emergency departments are fast-paced environments where physicians and nurses race against time to deliver care to patients. To be effective, hospitals rely on metrics to assess the performance of their emergency departments. One such metric is discharge time which is the time it takes for a patient to be seen and discharged. The discharge… read more →




Driving Operating Room Optimization From Outside the O.R.

Optimizing operating rooms is a difficult undertaking because there are so many variables involved, including doctors and staff with myriad responsibilities.   It’s hard to know where to start.  How do you prioritize tasks and which responsibilities take precedence? Does the process have an actively managed and well supported set of steps?  Do all team… read more →




The Impact of the 5S System on the Healthcare Workplace

The 5S organization system is a fundamental part of Lean consulting. A tool designed to improve efficiency, it uses a systematic approach to organization and cleanliness in the visual workplace.  Like Lean, 5S was created in Japan and because the original “S” terms were in Japanese, the English translations for each of the five steps… read more →




The Continuing Rise in Rehabilitation Outpatient Care

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 →