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McKesson, Atlanta, GA, has agreed to acquire Emendo Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand, whose CapPlan Predictive Capacity Planning solution forecasts patient demand. CapPlan uses an enterprise-wide view of activity to make real-time adjustments for patient flow and staffed capacity allocations.
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CapPlan enables providers to direct and manage capacity from the emergency department to admission to discharge. Combined, these solutions allow organizations to proactively manage capacity across care settings and take steps to significantly reduce costs and improve patient experience.
“It’s estimated that there is more than $700 billion in waste across the U.S. healthcare system,” said Chris Bauleke, president of Health Systems Performance Management at McKesson Provider Technologies. “Much of that waste results from inefficiencies that can be reduced with greater visibility to patient flow and the use of capacity management solutions. In turn, organizations can achieve better business results and also deliver higher-quality care that’s more patient-centered.”
By proactively managing clinician schedules and workloads, patient flow, length of stay and discharges, a 400-bed hospital realized $895,000 savings for inpatient areas and a 450-bed facility identified potential efficiency savings exceeding $1 million in the first year.