How Hospitals can Save Lives and Themselves: Lessons on Patient Flow from the COVID-19 Pandemic
This paper laid out IHO methodology and tested strategies that surgical and hospital leaders can use to overcome clinical and financial strain from the pandemic. Learn more >
A key step on the road to health equity: improving patient flow
“on average, 17 people die every day from the lack of available organs for transplant.” The major cause of this waste was a lack of available surgeons to perform surgery at the time needed to harvest and transplant donated organs.
‘Dying on wait-lists’: Could private health-care solve Canada’s ER ‘crisis’?
With Canada’s health-care system “in crisis” as described by many front-line workers, there is a renewed push towards leaning on private facilities to ease the pressure on public hospitals.
One key step toward solving the nation’s deadly nursing shortage
Addressing systemic issues in the healthcare system with techniques like surgical smoothing will improve safety for our patients and nurses and ensure a more sustainable system for the long term
COVID-19 surgery delays can be done without overburdening workers, say experts
Expert says surgeries should be scheduled every day of the week
Surgical smoothing as key to unlocking hidden hospital capacity in COVID-19 epidemic
Surgical smoothing will ensure hospitals are better poised to respond to the pandemic and similar crises in the future.
Should You Go to the ER for That? How to Decide Medical Options as Covid Strains Hospitals
With the pandemic overloading many emergency rooms and ICUs, the hospital isn’t always the best place to seek treatment for some ailments
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Surging. Where Are Hospitals Reaching Capacity?
Without addressing artificial variability and smoothing the flow of elective patients, hospitals will face an uphill battle to find the necessary capacity to provide adequate care to patients during the next COVID surge.
How to address patient flow during and post-pandemic
Watch IHO CEO Eugene Litvak talk about how to maximize patient flow efficiency to improve quality and access, and reduce the cost of care
Improve Capacity and Reduce Cost with Surgical Smoothing
Harvey Fineberg, Chair of the Standing Committee of the National Academies on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, recommends that hospitals should smooth the flow of elective patients to improve capacity and reduce the cost of care during and after the pandemic.
London Morning with Rebecca Zandbergen: Understanding the backlog of surgeries at LHSC
Listen to how hospitals are using IHO Variability Methodology and surgical smoothing to prioritize patients and manage the surgical backlog
How surgical smoothing could help ease the medical backlog created by COVID-19
Applying IHO Variability Methodology and surgical smoothing can dramatically improve the hospital's ability to manage resources efficiently to pare down the surgical backlog created by the pandemic.
Who Should We Treat: Elective Surgical Admissions or Patients With COVID-19?
IHO has developed Variability Methodology® that focuses on reducing variability in hospital operations, and use advanced operations management and data analysis methods to optimize operational efficiency, patient safety, and fiscal responsibility.
Here's what pooled testing is and how it can be used for the coronavirus
Given the urgent need for large-scale testing, split-pool testing might be the better approach says IHO CEO.
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.
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 >
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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
This ROI estimator will show you some of the potential incremental surgical volume and financial benefits from Phase I of Operating Room redesign at your hospital.Try Now