Optimizing hospital flow will be critical during and post-pandemic as hospitals are trying to ramp elective surgeries back up.
Learn strategies to reduce variability through specific interventions to dramatically improve capacity, eliminate boarding, and improve flow. Learn More >
This math-trained Harvard professor is helping hospitals cope with a potential second wave of Covid-19
Eugene Litvak specializes in improving patient flow — from intake to discharge — which has worsened to crisis levels during the pandemic
The coronavirus is devastating U.S. hospitals
U.S. hospitals are predicted to lose more than $200 billion in revenue by June 30, according to a report by the American Hospital Association. The industry group estimates the total revenue hit from the pandemic at about $50 billion a month among health-care facilities since March.
Smoothing the Way to High Quality, Safety, and Economy
Artificial peaks and valleys in hospital demand, driven by planned surgeries, foster health care delivery that endangers patients, reduces access to care, puts pressure on clinicians at some times, and results in underutilization of health care resources at others.
Don’t Get Your Operation on a Thursday
Nurses that are overwhelmed with excessive patient loads will not be able to provide adequate patient care. Legislation can't fix hospital overcrowding. Better scheduling of surgeries can.
Another election cycle, another health-care debate
National adoption of patient flow optimization practices has the potential to reduce total U.S. per capita spending “by 4-5%", which amounts to $140 to $180 billion a year.
During COVID-19 outbreak, extra hospital capacity is often right before your eyes
Experts outline 5 key steps for finding extra hospital capacity.
To Solve Hospital Overcrowding, Think Like a Mathematician
An operations management specialist is applying lessons from statistics to help free up hospital beds. It’s working.
New Joint Commission Resources Book
Optimizing Patient Flow: Advanced Strategies for Managing Variability to Enhance Access, Quality, and Safety
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
IHO Variability Methodology® helped Newark Beth Israel Medical Center save $10 million in just three months by improving patient flow, quality and efficiency.
Joint Commission Resources Book
The IHO’s approach to managing variability in healthcare delivery is the central theme of Joint Commission Resources’ new book.Learn More
IOM Report: Transforming Health Care Scheduling and Access
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended IHO Variability Methodology as one of the six principles to address the compelling issue of access to healthcare.Learn More
Quality and Safety Corner
The Institute for Healthcare Optimization’s approach to managing variability in healthcare delivery addresses some of the most intractable quality and safety issues such as:
- Nurse Staffing
- Physician Staffing
- Inpatient Mortality
- Patient Safety
- Boarding and Diversion
- Hospital Overcrowding
- Rapid Response Teams
Healthcare Cost Corner
Hospital costs can be decreased by millions of dollars annually by adopting the Institute for Healthcare Optimization’s approach to managing variability in healthcare delivery.Learn More
See how one hospital increased annual revenue by $137M, and avoided $100M in cost, while improving quality of care.
Estimate Your Hospital's ROI
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