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Healthcare Technology Helps Understand the Value of Nursing Care

Data and Healthcare Technology are two powerful tools that have helped to achieve many goals in Healthcare industry. Everyone is constantly striving to optimize the care delivered to patients in the healthcare industry. Luckily, there is a lot of access to both, even better than before. With suitable data in the right place at the right time, more informed decisions can be made and delivered in healthcare. This helps provide more value to customers and gives better outcomes.

Traditionally, the nursing cost was grouped with room and bed charges which were viewed to be expensive. This caused the nursing budgets to be more vulnerable to cost-cutting and staffing inadequacy. The inadequate nurses and doctors affect the treatment of patients.

In 2017, a new study was launched which examined 1700 nurses and 44,000 pediatric patients. Unidentified patient data was gathered from the Cerner electronic health record. The data was compared to the patient acuity, staffing, and scheduling information in the Cerner Clairvia workforce management solution.

Clairvia, the Healthcare Technology app, enabled better staffing and workforce management with features like:

  • predicting discharge dates
  • projecting average length of stay based on a patient’s diagnosis
  • aligning anticipated patient progression with workload forecasting
  • capturing patient-specific care data across the continuum
  • automating innovative assignments based on nurse competencies, continuity of care, patient needs, and projected transitions of care
  • aligning anticipated patient progression with workload forecasting

Hospitals of all sizes can gain actionable data from Healthcare Technology. The discoveries of the study were great. The study showed that the direct nursing costs per patient per 12-hour shift were 91% greater for critical care registered nurses. It was also seen that some medical-surgical units also have patient acuity outliers as high as the intensive care unit.

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