The COVID-19 Operations Dashboard – Patient Flow allows you to evaluate and monitor your operations broken down by three primary stages in the hospitalization lifecycle:
- Incoming Patients – These are patients who are coming in to be tested for COVID. This dashboard helps you analyze if there is large influx from certain types of admission channels, thereby causing delays and increased wait times. Diverting resources to those influx points will help keep ED rooms free for cases that require emergency care. The dashboard also allows the staff to account for outcomes from initial evaluation. For example, were the patients sent home, are they under investigation, are they awaiting test results, or have they been tested positive and hospitalized?
- Hospitalized Patients – The COVID Operations dashboard illustrates the counts of new patients and existing patients that are currently hospitalized and the directional trends.
- Discharged Patients – This helps you evaluate how many patients are being discharged on a daily basis and the time span spent in the hospital before being discharged. For patients with mild symptoms, they may be discharged to be self-quarantined or hospitalized in case of patients with more serious symptoms.
The Covid-19 Operations Dashboard – Bed Analysis offers a view of bed occupancy rates for both COVID-19 patients and other patients, by Bed Type. This dashboard allows administrators to:
- Evaluate their current occupancy rate and make informed decisions on the handling of new patient volumes.
- Segregate COVID-19 beds from other patients to reduce spread. Segregation can be done by blocks/buildings or floors.
- Ensure that enough of the right bed types are available to service the type of incoming patients.
- Determine if certain beds can be reallocated to COVID patients due to cancellations of elective procedures.
- Look at occupancy rates of COVID patients and other patients, and make decisions on future bed allocations.
- Evaluate true occupancy rate by measuring occupancy rate on staffed beds vs. available beds.
The Covid-19 Operations Dashboard – Inventory Management allows administrators to monitor supplies and make timely decisions on when to order critical equipment and materials.
- Evaluate the current burn rate of inventory.
- Provide estimated supply run-out dates by product and by vendor.
- Know next shipment dates and volumes to make decisions on sourcing new supply vendors.
- Create a strategy to segregate usage and orders into Conventional, Contingency and Crisis categories. This helps create true burn rates to assist with future inventory orders.
The COVID-19 What-If Analysis tool allows administrators to plan for surges in patient volumes. The dashboard allows users to evaluate and estimate:
Additional Beds Required – incorporates projections of COVID-19 cases, along with hospital data around average bed days and percentage of patients that require critical resources, to estimate the potential number of beds required when a higher projected volume of patients come in.
Inventory Utilization – estimates the adjusted cases of resources required by incorporating data around projections of COVID-19 cases, burn rate of resources and type of resources that are required, depending on the criticality of the patients.
By incorporating your health system’s data experience and projections from industry-standard organizations, a robust closed-loop feedback model would allow for valid projections, enabling a closer-to-reality planning scenario.