The people who manage patient flow at hospitals might like a crystal ball that shows them when their resources are about to be overwhelmed. Hospitals are trying out what might be the next best thing. They're wiring command centers with monitors that display predictive analytics fueled by every conceivable data source that gives a glimpse of a patient's movement through the facility.
Taking a cue from other industries that assemble command centers to manage complex logistics, GE Healthcare equipped Johns Hopkins with the company's first Wall of Analytics, which features 22 information screens that can pull data from 14 sources, including the electronic health record, admission software and OR scheduling applications. GE is working with a handful of other hospitals to deploy the technology.
Although the command center at Johns Hopkins has been up and running for less than a year, the hospital has seen a 30% reduction in ER patients who have to wait for an inpatient bed and a roughly 70% reduction in patients who must be held in the OR because there's no recovery or inpatient bed for them, according to Jim Scheulen, Johns Hopkins Hospital's chief administrative officer for emergency medicine and capacity management.
Hospital command centers help manage flow