6,000 Actionable Ideas

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This year, there are going to be nearly 6,000 attendees at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) annual Health Care Improvement Conference in Orlando, FL, USA.   This year the IHI’s Triple Aim takes on new complexity, since the leadership team has set an even loftier set of goals for us to strive towards: “Care better than we’ve ever seen… Health better than we’ve ever known… Cost we can all afford… For every patient, every time.” The question is how do we get there? What are the actionable ideas that we can all take home and implement tomorrow that will…

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Four benefits of using simulation for quality improvement in EDs

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Discrete event simulation software is a very powerful tool for healthcare decision making. By using simulation software like SIMUL8, hospitals are able to test ideas and assumptions for emergency department (ED) quality improvement projects.   EDs are challenged with efficiently managing patient flow/throughput, delays or waiting times, capacity and resource utilization against daily varying demand for their services. However, balancing shorter waiting times with potentially excessive resourcing (which also creates higher ED costs) can be hard to get right. It can also be difficult to know how changes to operational processes could ultimately positively or negatively impact ED patient flow…

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How many hospital beds do you need and where do you need them?

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How simulation can help solve the challenges of bed planning and capacity improvement Ensuring that the right resource is in the right place when it is needed for patients given the fluctuating demand every hour of the day is always going to be a challenge.   Planning for hospital and community beds is one such example. Demand for hospital beds comes both from emergency demand and elective scheduling and can be impacted by:   Busy EDs needing to avoid long waits Staff and specifically decision-making medical staff availability Fluctuating specialty requirements Transferring between wards Discharging patients   For the best…

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Seven tips for healthcare simulation success from Johns Hopkins

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SIMUL8 is enabling healthcare organizations around the world to improve levels of performance using often limited resources and budget. But what are the factors that you should consider when launching and growing successful performance improvement programs with discrete event simulation (DES) software? Howard County General Hospital Innovation and Continuous Improvement Facilitator, Eric Hamrock, shares his recommendations through his own experience of delivering operational leadership, performance improvement, and project management for Johns Hopkins Health System.   1. Start with a project champion I think the first and most important thing when I get into a process improvement project, especially a simulation…

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Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance hosts conference on Patient Safety

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Join me at “Fundamentally Human: An Innovative Exploration of Patient Safety and Engagement” - a seminar hosted by Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance and SIU School of Medicine.   When: Thursday September 22nd Where: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, Springfield, IL Register: http://ow.ly/eYnP303FWqy   The Fundamentally Human conference will explore patient engagement and process improvement from an integrated perspective.  We will hear from thought leaders including a a renowned researcher utilizing simulation modeling technology for improvements in complex healthcare processes, an administrator who started as a patient and became a strong advocate for communication and clinical safety, and the team behind…

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Three attributes of an award-winning quality and safety team

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The SIMUL8 team would like to congratulate our esteemed users at Memorial Health System on winning the 2016 American Hospital Association (AHA) McKesson Quest for Quality Prize! To discover what makes them an award-winning team, read on.   Every year, the AHA seeks out the best hospital systems that “show leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety in patient care” and award the McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. This year's prize has been awarded to SIMUL8 users Memorial Health System of Springfield, Illinois. But what does it take to become an award-winning healthcare quality and safety team? We round…

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20 years of healthcare success with SIMUL8

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One user’s SIMUL8 journey from the days of floppy disks to his latest project.   We recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of SIMUL8’s earliest users. It happened by complete coincidence, a call that came in at the end of the day from a user who was keen to get access to his SIMUL8 License number so he could use his floppy disk, yes that’s right a floppy disk!   This fascinated us, as it has been a long, long time since any of us at SIMUL8 had seen a floppy disk version. It got us wondering all…

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Measures Forum

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Watch the webinar with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where Jacquie White, Deputy Director of NHS England Long Term Conditions, Older People & End of Life Care and Claire Cordeaux, SIMUL8 Executive Director for Health & Social Care discuss their work in chronic disease.  In this webinar we find out how simulation is helping to support the planning, decision-making and adoption of person-centred services for people living with multiple conditions. At SIMUL8 Healthcare we have been proud to support the NHS Year of Care Long Term Conditions Program by developing a simulation that helps to inform and to describe how…

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Tabs & HTML Dialogs in SIMUL8 2016

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We’re really excited to introduce a new feature to SIMUL8 2016 helping you to create an interactive, feature rich, polished web based interface for your simulation.   Watch the video as Glenn, SIMUL8 support specialist, shows you how to use the new Tabs & HTML Dialogs feature in SIMUL8 2016.   With this exciting new feature now SIMUL8 users have the power to turn simulations into powerful web-based user applications. Select a tab to open dialogs, custom reports and spreadsheets within the simulation window. Dialogs can now be linked to an HTML file that controls all the formatting and layout…

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NHS England Commissioning Simulation Model

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Long Term Conditions is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare systems today.   The changes in life expectancy and advances in treatments and technology mean that people are living with conditions that cannot be cured but need to be managed to minimize the impact on their lives and maintain their quality of life. The NHS in England has a vision that adopts new models of care based around the person, not the disease. This is where the NHS Year of Care Commissioning Program has helped to shift the focus onto more person-centered care, tailored to people’s individual needs.   Watch…

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