Mount Sinai working with “rocket scientists”
Last week, Wayne Keathley, President and COO of the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City was a guest on the FOX Business Channel to speak about their partnership with GE Healthcare Performance Solutions to develop patient flow and quality applications. According to Mr. Keathley, with the new Healthcare Bill and Insurance Reform, already low margins will be under further pressure and that it is even more important to manage limited capacity better.
This is especially important in markets that will see ~20MM more insured patients placing demand on the existing hospital infrastructure. He indicated that real time location systems have been implemented before, however this was the first time with the help of the “rocket scientists” at the Research Center, to create a predictive model for capacity management.
Like a smart GPS, GE’s solution will integrate real-time positioning system information for patients with the other clinical process information and model future capacity bottlenecks utilizing the advance simulation modeling tool also developed at GE Global Research for hospital design and improvement It is expected that by 2011 the Gen I version of system will be operational at Mount Sinai hospital as the Alpha site to improve patient flow, reduce cost, and improve quality of the processes of care in their high census facility.