StatCom Launches Healthcare Webcast Series with Focus on Improving Patient Throughput

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Webcast series features industry thought leaders candidly discussing patient flow logistic challenges, trends, innovations, and technologies. The first webcast in the series, "Hospital Performance Challenges: Are the Flintstones and Jetsons Living in the Same Building?" will be available for viewing September 18.

This struck me as a good analogy to what a hospital staff faces every day. Many processes are largely manual, while diagnostic, surgical, and procedural technology is very advanced. As it becomes clear that hospitals need to incorporate new technologies to address patient flow and performance challenges on the operational side, we wanted to create a forum for discussion.

StatCom, the leading provider of patient flow logistics and tracking software, announced the launch of a healthcare IT focused webcast series. The webcasts will feature industry thought leader guest speakers candidly discussing patient flow logistic challenges, trends, innovations, and technologies. The first webcast in the series, "Hospital Performance Challenges: Are the Flintstones and Jetsons Living in the Same Building?" will be available for viewing September 18.

The featured guest speaker, Dr. Marybeth Regan, Ph.D, is a consultant with Reden & Anders, the healthcare consulting division of Ingenix. Regan has over 20 year's experience in the healthcare and life sciences segments. She is a nationally renowned subject matter expert, writer and public speaker in the areas of patient throughput, disease management and care management. She recently completed her dissertation titled, "Disruptive Innovation: The Acceptance of Technology by Physicians focused on EMR, PHR, ePrescribing and Telemedicine."

"Hospitals can take lessons from other industries," said Regan. "Look at the express package shipping and automotive industries for example -- their processes allow flexibility and change based on demand. Hospitals have made some performance gains with financial systems (ERP) and electronic medical record systems (EMS), yet there continues to be a dependence on manual cross-vertical operational processes. It's imperative that we identify ways to remove those bottlenecks, improve patient care and reduce the potential for errors."

Joining Regan in the webcast is Ben Sawyer, executive vice president market and client development for StatCom. Sawyer has over 20 year's experience in hospital operations. His experience demonstrated that sustainable improvement required configurable patient flow management technology. Recently, he has been integral in the development and implementation of the industry's first patient flow logistics and tracking software system.

"An engineering professor recently observed that working with technology in a hospital was like having the Flintstones and Jetsons in the same building," said Sawyer. "This struck me as a good analogy to what a hospital staff faces every day. Many processes are largely manual, while diagnostic, surgical, and procedural technology is very advanced. As it becomes clear that hospitals need to incorporate new technologies to address patient flow and performance challenges on the operational side, we wanted to create a forum for discussion."

This pre-recorded webcast event will be available for viewing on demand September 18, 2007. For more information and to register, go to http://www.statcom.com/webcast/. Visit the StatCom site regularly as new webcast topics are announced monthly.

About StatCom
StatCom's patient flow logistics and tracking software was developed to improve hospital-wide communications, patient throughput and capacity management. This unique healthcare IT solution provides an immediate and comprehensive view of the entire patient flow process with real-time tools to manage that flow within and between departments. Operational visibility increases, communication is enhanced, and patient care hand-offs are turned into handshakes. As a result, financial performance is maximized while greatly enhancing the patient experience. A number of leading and innovative hospitals in the U.S. are using StatCom to address their patient flow challenges. StatCom is a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare Solutions, a group of companies focused on providing the healthcare industry with innovative people resources and IT solutions. For more information contact StatCom at 800.930.0870 or at info @ statcom.com.

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