The American Hospital Association Announces Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012

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AHA Solutions encourages hospital and health care facility patient flow executives and clinicians to participate in the 2012 Patient Flow Challenges Assessment, which is open through October 1, 2011.

“Patient flow directly impacts a health care facility’s overall performance and can also play a strong role in patient satisfaction," Tony Burke, CEO, AHA Solutions.

AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of The American Hospital Association (AHA), today announced the availability of its Patient Flow Challenges Assessment (PFCA) 2012. Since its initial launch in 2009, the PFCA has gathered insights from hundreds of hospital executives on key issues related to patient throughput and capacity management. The Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012 will continue to explore these issues. Hospital and health care facility patient flow executives and clinicians are encouraged to participate by visiting Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012. The PFCA 2012 is open to participants through October 1, 2011.

Providing Critical Insights to the Field on Patient Flow
The Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012 is a critical component of health care-related research provided by AHA Solutions, which serves as a resource to the nation’s hospitals striving for operational excellence. AHA Solutions also offers education and due diligence research in evaluating and endorsing products and services offering solutions to critical health care issues. Insights from the PFCA 2012 will be used by AHA Solutions to establish a benchmark for important operational concerns. The PFCA 2012 queries hospital leadership on the specific issues faced by their facilities and the impact the issues have across eight specific stages within patient flow, such as how individuals move throughout the hospital for treatment and return home again following a visit.

The PFCA 2012 builds on data collected in previous years and will further address issues identified as the root causes of patient flow. PFCA results are scheduled to appear in a Patient Flow Assessment Report to be published December 15th, 2011, which will be available to all participants. Participants will also be invited to a live, interactive webcast showcasing the results of this year’s assessment, scheduled for December 13th, 2011.

Assessment Participation Shapes Future Solution Innovation

According to Tony Burke, CEO of AHA Solutions, “Patient flow directly impacts a health care facility’s overall performance and can also play a strong role in patient satisfaction. Those health care professionals participating in the PFCA will help shape further solution innovation in the area. Data generated by the PFCA 2012 also supports the AHA’s endorsement process and helps the health care field to better understand the hospitals’ unique needs and develop optimal solutions to overcome the identified challenges.”

Mary Longe, Director of Patient Flow at AHA, continues, “By participating in the PFCA 2012, participants are doing a service to their individual facilities, as well as the health care field overall. The assessment is designed to capture first-hand insights from health care professionals dealing with critical flow challenges each day. We highly encourage the health care community to share current concerns and priorities. The assessment is a valuable tool that helps leadership across the field gain valuable trending information on this important issue. The results also provide the opportunity for hospital leaders to learn how their peers are addressing similar issues.”

Educational Tools to Address Current Patient Flow Issues

In addition to exclusive product and solution endorsements, AHA Solutions develops educational programs for health care leaders based on the results of initiatives such as the PFCA. The organization offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities, white papers, case study success showcases and research that can help address the ongoing challenges of patient flow.

For additional information on the Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012, including copies of previous assessments and reports, visit the Patient Flow Challenges Assessment 2012 website.

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association(AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, who include more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 42,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

About AHA Solutions
AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct product due diligence and identify solutions to hospital challenges in several operational areas, including finance, human resources, patient flow and technology. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision making. As a subsidiary of the AHA, the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at 800.242.4677 or visit http://www.aha-solutions.org.

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