In healthcare, productivity is crucial for managing labor costs and providing quality patient care. At ALTIUS, we offer benchmarking and operational improvement services to help hospitals work smarter, not harder. But what can we learn from a galaxy far, far away? The Star Wars universe provides valuable insight into technology, training, processes, and collaboration that can improve hospital productivity.
Avoiding the Telephone Game
The rumor mill can create operational challenges and impact employee satisfaction in any organization. Information that has been spread and retold by multiple parties often results in the obfuscation, distortion, or exaggeration of the original statement. Healthcare leaders often find themselves unwittingly playing the “telephone game,” receiving feedback that has made its way “down the lane” and is not a true reflection of reality.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 is the year of the Rabbit. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be the year of hope.
What Does Your Favorite Christmas Movie Say About You?
In the spirit of the season, ALTIUS is combining two of our favorite things: the magic of Christmas and the mystery of effective healthcare leadership! We are taking the results of our recent social media poll and are breaking down what your favorite holiday movie says about your leadership style. And the winner is… Elf Released in 2003, this Christmas comedy became an instant critical and commercial success, grossing $220 million worldwide. It is listed among the greatest holiday movies of all time and clearly our followers would agree, earning 46% of our poll votes! Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.
The ALTIUS Guide to Drafting Your Fantasy Team
It’s that time of year again! The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and football season has officially begun. In the spirit of the ever-popular Fantasy leagues, ALTIUS is kicking off a new series of effective tips to help healthcare leaders “draft” the most capable teams. “Who’s on your bench?” That’s the first topic we will tackle! Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your current staff as well as having a “game plan” for any anticipated vacancies is crucial to sustained efficiency.
ALTIUS Answers: Interview with Joshua Budz
ALTIUS is rounding out our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series with the fourth and final installment. In this last segment, an ALTIUS Answers discussion with Account Manager Josh Budz, we explore the importance of healthcare leaders having timely, meaningful data to drive decision-making. The ALTIUS ION Efficiency Reports are a bi-weekly tool that monitors both departmental and organizational performance against customized benchmarks and established targets.
ALTIUS Answers: Interview with Senior Consultant Dr. Sheri Matter
ALTIUS is back with the third installment of our ALTIUS Answer/Asks interview series. In this segment, our team gained insight on trending topics and industry challenges through our ALTIUS Asks interview with Dr. Sheri Matter, Assistant Teaching Professor for the Graduate Nursing Program and the Director of the MSN online programs and the DNP Leadership program at The Pennsylvania State University.
It’s All Relative!
Simply stated, productivity is the measure of input to output. It is typically tracked to gauge changes in performance over time. The most common way that healthcare organizations assess productivity is through internal comparisons against historical operations.
The “Lucky Charms” of Leadership
The recent challenges to and changes in the delivery of healthcare have spotlighted the demand for more enhanced leadership development moving forward. Throughout the pandemic, staff have displayed their resilience and ability to adapt, made possible by the innovative leaders that guided organizations through recovery towards stability without any predetermined path. This “trial by fire” approach was necessary given the unprecedented situation at hand, but has, in hindsight, proven the value of certain traits that need to be cultivated in future leaders.
Incorporating Social Determinants of Health in 2022
Being such a dynamic industry by nature, healthcare will continue to change and evolve in the new year. One of the main areas that experts are predicting a noticeable shift is in the deliberate and more extensive integration of social determinants of health (SDOH) into all facets of operations from registration through discharge planning. Value-based administration will become more commonplace in 2022 as staff, clinicians, and patients alike are incentivized to discuss and document SDOH as a routine part of each healthcare encounter.