"We used to have a few wireless printers in the ER for lab draws. Now, instead, we have them in every room. When quantifying the savings, it is not necessarily direct savings, but it is reducing staff time because we don't have someone spending 10 minutes every time to find lab results. It allows us to grow capacity in our ER without adding staff," he says.
Having more automated processes is also important to growing capacity, Baiocco says. EIRMC is currently considering implementing new ventilators along with a software program that will allow for automated instead of manual patient monitoring.
"This will allow for a lot of automated processing for what right now is manual processing. It will also allow us to intervene more quickly without having to manually monitor as closely. We are making that investment up front and, ideally, down the line there will be a greater return when it allows us to free up some human resources," Baiocco says.
2. Focusing on Wellness to Prevent Readmissions
To prevent readmissions and the payment penalties that result, EIRMC has recently opened a wellness clinic to stay more connected with patients after discharge.
"We've been doing well with the clinic around readmissions," Baiocco says, adding that EIRMC's hospitalists are routing patients with a high risk of readmission there for additional outpatient care. "The hospitalist is seeing that patients get the necessary follow-up care and are making sure a nurse practitioner is connecting with that patient."