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TMCNet:  MEDHOST Launches PatientFlow HD to Improve Hospital-wide Patient Throughput and Enhance Overall Operating and Financial Performance

[February 04, 2013]

MEDHOST Launches PatientFlow HD to Improve Hospital-wide Patient Throughput and Enhance Overall Operating and Financial Performance

PLANO, Texas --(Business Wire)--

MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, today announced general availability of PatientFlow HD, its powerful enterprise-wide patient throughput solution. PatientFlow HD is Web-based, easy to use and provides hospital executives with real-time, mission-critical facility, clinical and patient-centric data so they can identify process management and patient-flow issues before they become problems. Providers can also leverage PatientFlow HD to comply with new patient-flow requirements issued December 2012 by The Joint Commission.

"MEDHOST developed PatientFlow HD to break down widespread information silos, a major contributor to patient-flow bottlenecks, and give executives a clearer picture so they can make real-time, data-driven management and patient-flow decisions," said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. "MEDHOST is best known for helping hundreds of EDs improve operations and patient flow, often turning this busy department into the most efficient and profitable area of the hospital. With PatientFlow HD, we're bringing our expertise to the rest of the hospital to eliminate systemic issues that can cripple operating and financial performance."

PatientFlow HD's graphically driven and highly intuitive user interface makes current information, such as 30-day readmissions, patients exceeding their reimbursed length of stay, observation status patients, and patients occupying higher acuity beds than necessary, available to hospital leaders at all times, so they aren't making decisions with old data. The easy-to-use system also offers visibility at the unit and bedside levels, and with onscreen and push notifications, everyone involved in patient care stays informed, which creates a culture of accountability and helps improve patient care and safety, the objective of The Joint Commission's patient-flow requirements.

The new system has already generated meaningful business, financial, patient care and workflow improvements across the enterprise in beta trials with providers including Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in North Carolina.

"Before PatientFlow HD, healthcare executives lacked the ability to proactively detect and manage financial outliers and high-impact patiets, so any data collected and reviewed was retrospective. That isn't practical, especially considering the importance of immediately solving patient-flow challenges," said Don Trippel, CFO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. "The benefits of PatientFlow HD became evident very quickly. It created transparency at our hospital never before thought possible, and we're now able to easily manage day-to-day operations and the wide assortment of factors and influences that affect patient flow and the hospital's bottom line."

PatientFlow HD features include:

  • At-a-glance, real-time, visual representation of hospital capacity and financial/operational outliers to better manage and streamline admissions and discharges
  • Quick identification of high-impact patients (core measures, observation status, 30-day readmissions, etc.)
  • Color-coded key performance indicators, including patients approaching or over length-of-stay thresholds, so hospital leaders, case managers and unit supervisors can more effectively coordinate care
  • A simple way to view all on-duty staff, isolation patients, outpatient and inpatient procedures, and more
  • A user-friendly administration utility for customization to meet your needs

MEDHOST will demonstrate PatientFlow HD at the annual HIMSS tradeshow March 4-6 in booth #7013 along with its beta-site Customer, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, which is based in Elkin, N.C. To schedule a demo, please email MEDHOST at Leslie.McAninch@medhost.com.

About MEDHOST

MEDHOST is dedicated to advancing healthcare IT by developing user-friendly software solutions that improve house-wide operations, patient flow, financial performance, and patient care and satisfaction. The MEDHOST product suite includes EDIS, OpCenter and PatientFlow HD and has been deployed by leading institutions throughout North America. Its intuitive, easy-to-use solutions align with end-user workflow, and that's why clinicians, as well as executives, prefer MEDHOST over anything else. MEDHOST's EDIS has transformed hundreds of emergency departments into models of efficiency and profitability, and versions 4.2 and 4.3 are ONC-ATCB certified by Drummond Group. OpCenter streamlines the admission of patients by breaking down communication silos and patient flow bottlenecks between the ED and inpatient units. PatientFlow HD provides a real-time, enterprise-wide view so executives and hospital leaders can easily manage day-to-day operations, proactively identify house-wide process management and patient flow issues, and detect financial outliers and high-impact patients. MEDHOST is headquartered in Plano, Texas. More information is available at www.medhost.com.

MEDHOST is part of HealthTech, a health information technology company that also operates Healthcare Management Systems and Patient Logic. HealthTech's mission is to manage technology companies that are focused on creating value for the healthcare industry. More information is available at www.healthtechholdings.com.


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