Three Ways Healthcare Facility Design Can Save Money

Three Ways Healthcare Facility Design Can Save Money

June 16, 2015  |  Michelle Mader

The healthcare industry must figure out how to provide services less expensively. It must implement effective cost-cutting initiatives while developing policies and procedures for managing the future costs of the emerging healthcare system. And quickly, if the Mayo Clinic offers any indication. It expects a twenty to forty percent decrease in annual revenue due to… | Read More

How to Reinvent Nursing for Population Health

How to reinvent nursing for population health

June 8, 2015  |  Dianne Foster

58% of nurses currently work in an acute care setting. But, as providers start to manage health rather than treat illness, we expect inpatient days to decline. The number of hospital-based nursing jobs also may shrink. At this year’s AONE conference, leaders shared their research on new nursing roles. These roles correspond to the ways hospitals… | Read More

Why Hospitals Pay More for Cheap Lights

freemanwhite electrical engineering LED lights

June 1, 2015  |  Rich Manning

Typically the payback period of LED lighting is less than twenty-four months. But the value of its improvements in the quality of care? Priceless. Quality LED lighting prevents the healthcare equivalent of selecting black instead of navy blue socks from the sock drawer. QUALITY OF CARE It is crucial to accurately discern certain color variations… | Read More

How the Best Hospitals Manage Social Determinants of Health

Alexandra Drane at Patient Experience Summit

May 29, 2015  |  Jane Stuckey

At the AONE and the Patient Experience conferences last month, three presentations stood out. Each described innovative ways to quantify and manage social determinants of health. HOME TELEHEALTH The Cleveland, Ohio VAMC manages the care of 110,124 veterans, but it provides more than healthcare. It impacts upstream determinants of health such as employment and housing…. | Read More

Bed Shortage? How to Stretch Hospital Capacity-Part 2

patient volume surge

May 27, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Every system has surges in volume, whether they are predictable or unpredictable surges. Most facilities were not designed to handle either type of surge – it’s simply not cost effective. But staff can make the best of their inflexible facilities by knowing what to do in case of a surge in volume. In the previous… | Read More