Demand in healthcare, by nature, can be hard to predict. A fundamental part of care delivery is being prepared for the unexpected, whether that be the effects of a natural disaster, large-scale safety event, or global pandemic. However, that does not mean that daily staffing patterns and annual budgets should be buffered to accommodate the “what-ifs.
At ALTIUS, the safety, health, and well-being of our clients is our number one priority. As we continue to navigate through these uncharted times and the impact of COVID-19 on day-to-day operations, we want you to know that our team is here to support you. Please read our statement below (click to enlarge).
Automation in healthcare is a complicated subject. Most industry leaders are familiar with the benefits, but have strong reservations about the cost and execution. In the latest ALTIUS Answers podcast, CEO Stephanie Dorwart is joined by Richard Mackey, SVP of Information Technology at Intalere, to discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the advancements it is making in both the business and delivery of healthcare.
What is productivity? We are all familiar with this term, though some may choose to avoid it, but do we really know what it means? In this short video, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart breaks down the concept of productivity by debunking many common misconceptions and explaining how it applies to the business of healthcare in today’s environment. She provides hospital leaders with an informative guide to keeping productivity and efficiency at the forefront of their management strategies in order to promote cost-savings and sustainability within their organizations. Watch now and let ALTIUS help elevate your knowledge about productivity! .
Many healthcare leaders adopt a "tough love" approach when it comes to managing employee performance and expectations. This method may work well for some staff members, but not all will embrace the negativity it can create. Understanding your team and the styles they respond positively to is critical in realizing continued operational success and employee satisfaction.
Healthcare is a difficult industry. There are a LOT of emotions associated with each experience, from the high highs of saving a life to the low lows of losing one. Healthcare professionals, especially doctors, nurses, and other direct care staff, are not only entrusted with safeguarding the physical health of the patient but their feelings as well.
Summer is ending, and school is back in session. The age-old routine of alarm clocks and homework is in full swing once more. However, for working adults, does learning ever really stop? There is no break from the day to day responsibilities surrounding one’s career, especially for those professionals in the ever-changing healthcare industry.
Productivity is a concept that has long been feared, like a dark shadow or something that goes bump in the night, and it is still a source of anxiety for many healthcare professionals. For most, their experience, or the tales of others’ experiences, with productivity have left them scarred. The popular Netflix show Stranger Things, set in the 1980's, is purposefully dated to elicit feelings of nostalgia among viewers and balance the suspense of its supernatural-thriller plot line.
The old adage “there is no I in TEAM” holds true in how healthcare should be delivered. While it seems like a pretty elementary concept, it is amazing how so many organizations allow for siloed operations to take root. Given the complexity of modern-day healthcare, it is necessary for a collaborative approach: the sharing of knowledge, talents, and resources to provide patients with a great experience and positive outcome.
Any healthcare consultant that focuses on productivity will tell you the unfortunate look received when sharing that your job is to improve performance. There is the obligatory head nod paired with the uncomfortable question “so, you fire people?” At that very instant, your body tenses, and you feel the need to defend the work that you do and the value that increased efficiency brings to hospitals and health systems. But why do we fear the word productivity and/or the reaction to it? Historically speaking, productivity was synonymously linked to a reduction in force, otherwise known as a layoff.