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Can small hospitals pave the way to smart outcomes for larger hospitals…and can working together benefit both organizations and improve quality and patient outcome?
In today's reality of cost reduction, increased regulatory requirements, new technologies and operational constraints, hospitals large and small are measured on their ability to meet their goals, administratively and clinically demonstrate efficiency and successfully execute strategies. We are witnessing a healthcare reform that is leading organizations to consider shifting and appending long-term practices with the “promise” of standardized practices for high quality of care and improved patient outcome.
Large Hospital Challenges
Unveiling what’s behind the promise can be broken down to bite-size pieces. Large hospitals are not only dealing with the challenges of today’s reality, but they’re facing additional obstacles such as:
The Figure (developed and distributed by the AHA) illustrates a model for enabling data quality and clinical indicators. The model also influences common challenges that large hospitals experience when working and developing outcomes and quality practices. These include:
Much of the challenges listed above are related to the inherently complex, inflexible operations in large hospitals. The corrective action is well documented and proven in best practices and policy recommendations, but to deploy an action plan in large hospitals is where often times the bottleneck exists and where small hospital can enable solutions that large hospitals can mirror in their environment as proven practices.
Small Hospital Challenges
A difficult financial environment and lack of resources have shown to have the most impact on small hospitals. The push to meet same standards of quality as large hospitals, comply with regulations, recruit staff, aging equipment, decreased reimbursements and lower rate of EHR adaptation are only a few of the road blocks small hospitals face.
What Can Be Done?
Simply put, solutions can be revealed through partnership and collaboration. In other words, there must be smart outcomes where small and large hospitals will both be presented with win\win situations.
The first step to establishing such collaboration should be in locating the right partner. It is preferably not a competing hospital and should have similar EMR technology and clinical systems, where both hospitals share common values and priorities for clinical outcomes and patient care.
Small hospitals can streamline bottlenecks and relieve pain points in many ways, including:
Patterns of Success
Patterns of successful partnerships include (but are not limited to):
Small and large hospitals need to broaden their quality horizon and apply technology to address specific business objectives in a collaborative manner going beyond justifying checkboxes. Those who don’t believe in partnership and collaboration to promote patient care and quality risk having their progress stall and will find themselves behind the curve.
While most hospitals are committed to reducing inappropriate care, improving patient safety and achieving good health outcomes for patients, the ingredients for success call for adopting a notion of partnership that fosters sharing and disseminating information.
Roni H. Amiel is CIO & CISO at Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
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