Patient Flow: Reducing Delay In Healthcare Delivery by Randolph HallPatient Flow: Reducing Delay In Healthcare Delivery by Randolph Hall

Patient Flow: Reducing Delay In Healthcare Delivery

byRandolph Hall

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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PATIENT FLOW: Reducing Delay in Healthcare Deliveryis dedicated to improving healthcare through reducing the delays experienced by patients. One aspect of this goal is to improve the flow of patients, so that they do not experience unnecessary waits as they flow through a healthcare system. Another aspect is ensuring that services are closely synchronized with patterns of patient demand. Still another aspect is ensuring that ancillary services, such as housekeeping and transportation, are fully coordinate with direct patient care. Past experience shows that effective management of healthcare delays can produce dramatic improvements in medical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and access to service, while also reducing the cost of healthcare. The 15 chapters of this book exposes the healthcare community of researchers, practitioners and administrators to a set of techniques and strategies that can be used by clinicians and administrators to substantially reduce delays in healthcare delivery. It is the first book treatment to have reduction in patient delay as its sole focus, and therefore, provides the foundation by which hospitals can implement change. Reflecting the highly interdisciplinary and practitioner nature of this book, the chapters have been written by doctors, nurses, industrial engineers, system engineers and geographers, and thus, these perspectives provide the comprehensive view needed to address the problem of patient delay.

The book provides a "hands-on" discussion and methods for solving a variety of problems that inhibit prompt and swift health care delivery. Some examples are:

  • presents a set of breakthrough strategies that use "real-time" monitoring systems for continuous improvement;
  • offers techniques for scheduling staff needs to match patterns in patient demand, and thus reduce predictable delays;
  • utilizes simulation modeling techniques for both healthcare design and process improvement;
  • provides methods for forecasting the demand for healthcare on a region-wide basis;
  • presents queueing theory as a general method for modeling patient waits in healthcare;
  • outlines rapid delivery of medication in the event of a catastrophic event, such as a pandemic or terrorist attack;
  • demonstrates the importance of optimizing care as patients transition from one care setting to the next care setting with an emphasis on clinical outcomes and the business case;
  • provides project management tools to guide the implementation of patient flow projects.
Title:Patient Flow: Reducing Delay In Healthcare DeliveryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:466 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1441941436

ISBN - 13:9781441941435

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Table of Contents

Modeling Patient Flows Through the Healthcare System.- Hospitals and Clinical Facilities, Processes and Design for Patient Flow.- Access to Surgery and Medical Consequences of Delays.- Breakthrough Demand-Capacity Management Strategies to Improve Hospital Flow, Safety, and Satisfaction.- Managing Patient Appointments in Primary Care.- Waiting Lists for Surgery.- Personnel Staffing and Scheduling.- Discrete-Event Simulation of Health Care Systems.- Forecasting Demand for Regional Healthcare.- Queueing Analysis in Healthcare.- Rapid Distribution of Medical Supplies.- Using a Diagnostic to Focus Hospital flow Improvement Strategies.- Continuum of Care Program.- A Logistics Approach for Hospital Process Improvements.- Managing a Patient Flow Improvement Project.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"A comprehensive multiauthored manual that outlines the techniques and methods that can be applied to the health care system to improve patient flow, reduce patient delays, and improve overall health care. ... Many examples are illustrated to enhance learning. ... Recommended Readership: Physicians involved with the management of the practice or in leadership roles, office and hospital administrators or managers, and quality improvement champions." (Mark A. Nyman, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 82 (3), March, 2007)"This book, which contains 15 papers on the operational aspects of health-care delivery, was written by doctors, nurses, industrial engineers, and operations research professionals . . Those of us who are deeply interested in the application of management principles and technologies to health-care delivery will be delighted to receive this book. . it will also serve to alert health administrators worldwide that a science has grown up to solve the operational problems in health-care delivery, and that they should be using it in their organizations." (Jamshed A. Modi, Interfaces, Vol. 37 (5), 2007)