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Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns

3/25/2014 01:00 PM EDT
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Physiker
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Big Brother is tracking you
Physiker   3/25/2014 1:32:07 PM
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This is a horrible thought!

How do the nurses feel about having every step tracked?

chanj0
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chanj0   3/25/2014 2:18:01 PM
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Indeed! I can understand the difficult of logistic in running a hospital. Efficiency is crucial to low the medical cost. However, I would not feel good if my time in the office was tracked every seconds. What worst is if the tracked person is required to explain every action. Does the tracking system, after all, improve the efficiency?

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krisi   3/25/2014 3:39:09 PM
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Agree, ridicolous idea...why don't they track the money instead? billing in US hospitals differs by 10x depending on the procedure and place where it is done...or track million dollar compensation for hospital executives...or maybe track their time instead! Kris

Bert22306
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My knee jerk reaction was ...
Bert22306   3/25/2014 4:49:39 PM
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What's the matter with these idiots? Is there no limit to the extent of intrusion they're willing to impose on others? Now regular employees are going to be made to wear "ankle bracelets," in essence, and somehow everyone's okay with this?

Why do things have to get out of hand before people get p*ssed off enough to clamp down on such nonsense?

Max The Magnificent
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Forget about the nurses ... let's track the managers!
Max The Magnificent   3/25/2014 4:57:13 PM
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We already know that the nurses are run off their feet (no pun intended).


Of more interest to me would be slapping ankle bracelet trackers on th emanagers and administrators to see how we can improve their efficiency...

betajet
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Re: Forget about the nurses ... let's track the managers!
betajet   3/25/2014 5:17:57 PM
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Max, improving the efficiency of management is simply not the American Business way.  The American Business way is described quite well in the old story of the Japanese versus American Business boat race, which I think hails from the 1980s.  Here's a link to a version of the story.

The short version is that Japan won the race because they had eight employees rowing and one manager steering.  The USA race had one employee rowing and eight managers steering in different directions.  When the USA team lost, all blame was placed on the one overworked rower.  Sound familar to anyone?

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   3/25/2014 5:23:01 PM
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@Betajet: Japan won the race because they had eight employees rowing and one manager steering.  The USA race had one employee rowing and eight managers steering in different directions.

I WAS that employee!

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boblespam   3/26/2014 3:50:11 AM
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Wow ! Your comments reassure me, as a nurse husband I was scared by this article. How could they accept that !

And what is this color coding of the pathes (green, yellow and red), the speed of the nurse ?!

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Clive "Max" Maxfield   3/26/2014 1:15:00 PM
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@Boblespam: And what is this color coding of the pathes...

Perhaps the speed with which they rush the emergency bacon sandwiches to the patients LOL

Kinnar
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This questions me, Are we human?
Kinnar   3/26/2014 6:42:49 AM
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What kind of idea is this? Do you mean to say that nurses are to be treated like animals are being tracked in jungle? If someone is willing to live like human then he or she need to treat others as well like human. Very bad idea, and the worst use of technology.

DrQuine
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Efficiency and walking
DrQuine   3/26/2014 9:03:57 PM
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Last week I read that Little Caesar's Pizza franchise owners Valor Equity Partners optimized store processes by counting employee footsteps and then revised store layouts and prebooked food orders to reduce average employee motion 31% from 15.3 miles a week to 10.6 miles a week. Now the hospitals are following suit. Apparently this kind of process improvement bridges disciplines. I wonder what unexpected changes we'll see in healthcare as a result.

Anand.Yaligar
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Re: Track everyone else as well
Anand.Yaligar   3/30/2014 11:58:40 AM
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I can understand all the anger directed at the people who came up with this system but, hard as I try to put myself in the shoes of the hospital administrators, I still cannot understand why they decided to limit the tracking to the nurses and no one else. From my experience I know that there are many employees who work at different capacities in any given hospital. Their work also affects the overall efficiency and therefore they too should be tracked if that efficiency is to be improved through tracking.

Anand.Yaligar
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Re: Tracking the patients
Anand.Yaligar   3/30/2014 12:05:01 PM
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Everyone is talking about tracking the managers and the hospital administrators but I think you are forgetting the one group that needs the most tracking; the patients in the hospitals. In particular, if this new technology is working so well then it should be applied to the patients admitted in the hospitals. Their movement, and the knowledge of those movements, will help the staff give them better health care.

Anand.Yaligar
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Re: Forget about the nurses….lets track the managers
Anand.Yaligar   3/30/2014 12:07:04 PM
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@Betajet, I like the analogy about the boat race between the United States and Japan. This is a very accurate picture of what happens in major corporations back here at home; every manager wants things done his or her way, with very little regard to the company policies that are already in place, but when things fail to go as they planned then all the blame is directed to the average employee at the bottom of the ladder who had very little to do with the important decision making in the first place.

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