A SUBOPTIMAL PATIENT ASSIGNMENT PROCESS
Can quality care be achieved with a suboptimal patient assignment process?
At MedAptus, we think the answer is no.
Not only do we think that the current patient assignment process being administered in most hospitals today are time consuming and terribly inefficient, but they’re exposing hospitals to greater patient safety risks and contributing to physician burnout as a result of disruptive and heavy workloads.
This is not trivial.
Forty percent of rounding physicians surveyed said they exceeded what they perceived as unsafe workloads at least once a month and 22% of them said they delayed admitting or discharging a patient until a subsequent shift because of unsafe workloads.1
Length-of-stays (LOS) are also being affected by suboptimal patient assignments and heavy workloads.
One study found LOS increased from 5 days to 7.5 days from increased workloads, resulting in added costs of $5,000 to $7,500 per Medicare patient. 2