Hospital Management Is Evolving to Reduce Wait Times

With hospitals busier than ever and not enough staff to meet the higher demand, going to the hospital can be a series of waiting games for patients. Waiting to be admitted, waiting for test results, waiting for treatment and waiting to be discharged. Software engineers from GE Global Research are working to deliver software and analytics solutions that create “no wait states,” which will bring welcome relief to both patients and hospital staff.

GE software engineers are helping hospitals build more connected operations to create a management system that cuts wait times and enables more efficient and quality care from admissions to discharge.

It uses predictive software, analytics and modeling to help hospital staff make better judgments about where to put a patient. And it can make these decisions in “real time,” identifying real-time bed availability to help hospital operators cope with higher demand.

GE Healthcare, powered by Agiletrac offers management solutions to hospitals today that are reducing waiting times and hospital costs. For example, at a 400-bed acute care facility in Florida, hospital operators were able to reduce discharge times for patients by more than 3,150 hours over a nine-month period.

Wait times is just the tip of the iceberg in how innovative software solutions can transform the management and delivery of care. Through Predix, a first-of-its-kind industrial strength platform that provides a standard and secure way to connect machines, industrial big data and people, GE is helping healthcare providers improve management and make better strategic decisions.

Examples include:

  • HoF SimSuite is a cloud-based software application that helps healthcare providers quickly test a range of operational and pathway scenarios to understand the impact on patients, staff, capacity and cost leading to better decisions.
  • GE’s Cloud ImagingTM provides a secure and reliable platform that helps care providers and patients coordinate care more efficiently. To optimize entire health systems, administrators receive continuous visibility into operational, clinical and financial performance.