Like antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the challenge to reduce length of stay (LOS) persists…despite the best efforts of even the leading healthcare organizations. And this uncomfortable reality comes at a time when the need to improve LOS couldn’t be greater.

The current financial crisis notwithstanding, as operating margins have continued to shrink raising capital has become a daunting task. This increasing financial pressure comes at a time when EMR and other technology investments are needed to stay viable as a quality healthcare provider. Unless you have a lot of empty beds, improving patient throughput is a key to successfully managing this pressure. The stakes are very high. It’s too expensive to invest in more bricks and mortar without first maximizing patient throughput; and, your system may be bleeding several million desperately needed dollars due to throughput inefficiencies.

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