Evidence driven strategies for meeting hospital performance targets – CSIRO – 25 February 2013

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , , |

Evidence driven strategies for meeting hospital performance targets – CSIRO – 25 February 2013

“The most visible challenge facing our healthcare system is overcrowding in hospitals, which has been labelled an ‘international crisis’ [1]. Overcrowding and long emergency waiting periods have a significant impact on the quality of patient care and patient experience.

National Emergency Access Targets (NEAT) introduced by the Federal Government in 2011, will require hospitals to ensure that 90% of all patients arriving at emergency departments are seen and admitted or discharged within four hours by 2015[2].

Our health services research team is helping hospitals meet these emergency access targets, whilst solving the challenge of overcrowding and system bottlenecks.

This report gives an overview of the patient flow modelling research currently being undertaken at CSIRO. It outlines how CSIRO’s analytics, optimisation and operational decision support tools can help give hospitals a better understanding of what they could do to meet these targets.”

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