How Hospital Bottlenecks Cause A Healthcare Gridlock
The healthcare industry is complex and interdependent. Much like a highway interchange, it relies on multiple players and processes to flow smoothly.
But just like in an interchange, a single roadblock can bring the system to a grinding halt—leading to serious consequences for all involved.
The Healthcare Silos
In healthcare, there are three primary players, each with their own priorities. However, they stay in their own lane and rely on independent software systems to achieve their goals.
|Healthcare player||Main priority||System used|
|Patients||Seek an engaged and personalized experience||Digital technologies
- Example: mobile health, wearables
- Provide constant monitoring and instantaneous updates
|Providers (Doctors, nurses, and more)||Provide the highest quality of care||Electronic health records
- A comprehensive record of a patient’s medical history
|Payers (Insurance companies)||Balance the cost and quality of care||Claims database
- Information on medical appointments, bills, and more (some claims can take 60 days to process)
This leads to frustrations for all parties, including poor communication and uncoordinated care.
A Not-So-Patient Journey
What factors lead to a less-than-desirable experience? Challenges arise from the moment a patient walks into a hospital
- Entering the Emergency Department (ED)
Overcrowded EDs are often the first point of contact for a patient. On average, 43.3 per 100 people visit the emergency department annually in the United States for everything from fevers to injuries. Of these, 6 out of 10 must wait longer than 15 minutes before they can be seen by a provider.
- Playing the Waiting Game
Patients are willing to endure up to 2 hours in the emergency department, but wait times often surpass that. The average wait time in 2017 was upwards of 352 minutes, or almost six hours. As a result, up to 9% of patients leave without being seen (LWBS).
There’s simple psychology behind why some people aren’t able to wait it out. According to former Harvard professor David Maister, unoccupied time that is compounded with anxiety makes a wait feel longer.
These long waits also affect a patient’s perception and satisfaction of the care they eventually do receive.
The True Cost
After they’re admitted, inconsistent processes and flows continue to plague patient experiences.
A typical hospital stay can rack up a single patient close to $12,000 across 4.6 days. With these costs climbing every year, uncoordinated care adds to these receipts by extending the stay.
Uncoordinated care also creates a dire strain on resources, including the humans behind all the work. The resulting physician burnout costs the U.S. health system $32 billion annually. While lost productivity causes over half ($18 billion) of this amount, another $8.5 billion is due to poor experiences, which impacts patient satisfaction which leads to falling margins for hospitals.
Severe bottlenecks compound these issues, forcing the healthcare system into a gridlock.
What’s Causing the Jam?
Disjointed communication and a lack of visibility across systems are the major reasons for these costly standstills. This is analogous to using a paper map to navigate:
- No updates based on the current situation
- Time-consuming to figure out specific route to a destination
- Show multiple routes, but not the fastest way to get there
What if there was a smart GPS to help the healthcare industry overcome roadblocks?
- Real-time, dynamic updates on the current situation
- Knows where you are, and where you need to go
- Filters only the appropriate and relevant information
The Leidos careC2 Command Center solves healthcare traffic jams.
The coordinated technology suite rapidly identifies and reduces bottlenecks and delays in the care process. This improves the operational flow of hospitals—so that patients, providers, and payers all reach their destinations safely and efficiently.
Unlocking Earth’s Treasures with Mineral Exploration
There are untold treasures in the Earth’s surface waiting for discovery. Skeena Resources is opening the vault in the Golden Triangle at Eskay Creek.
Unlocking Earth’s Treasures with Mineral Exploration
There are untold treasures of gold, silver, copper, and much more that lie beneath the Earth’s surface, awaiting discovery—and it takes mineral exploration and the right team to unlock this hidden wealth from the depths.
Mining exploration company Skeena Resources is opening the vault to the treasures of British Columbia’s Golden Triangle at the famous Eskay Creek property.
Following in footsteps of other successful mineral exploration efforts, Skeena is proving there is more value to unlock at Eskay Creek. The Golden Triangle is already home to some of the most productive mines in the world.
Keys to the Vault: Turning Discoveries into Resources
A mineral exploration company such as Skeena conducts geological studies to turn a discovery into a mineable resource. As each mineral deposit becomes better understood, new value is unlocked and its economic value increases.
The mining industry uses three resource classifications for a mineral discovery, based on the amount and proximity of drill holes.
Each one of these categories represent the confidence with which an economic source of minerals exists. The “Inferred” classification is the lowest level of confidence that a certain amount of ore exists in a location while “Measured” is the highest.
Companies drill holes and pull out small samples of the ground in order to discover and measure the continuity and grade of a mineral occurrence. The results of drilling provide more and more data for improving the understanding of a deposit. Each study eventually cuts the key to unlock the treasure below.
Grade is King: The Higher the Grade, The Lower the Costs
In order for a mineral deposit to be valuable it must pass the grade. The amount of the sought-after mineral within a particular amount of rock is known as the ore grade. Typically, the higher the ore grade, the more profitable a mine can be.
Skeena Resource’s Eskay Creek has a grade of 4.3 grams per tonne ‘g/t’, making it 3x higher than the global average grade of open pit mining projects. This could potentially make it all the more unique and valuable to investors.
Unlocking the Vault
Gold’s value is in part due to its rarity. The precious metal cannot be artificially produced and is only found deep inside the vault that is the Earth’s crust. This makes mineral exploration an extremely rewarding business if a discovery is made.
In terms of statistics, the odds are 1 in 10,000 that greenfield exploration produces a profitable mine—and odds are even more remote for a mineral occurrence to become a world-class mine. Further, if a gold deposit is actually found, there is only a 10% chance it will have enough gold justify further development.
Through targeted mineral exploration, Skeena Resources is proving there is more golden treasure to uncover at the legendary Eskay Creek.
Expanding the Cannabis Consumer Base with Odourless Products
This infographic explores the stigma that surrounds cannabis consumption, and a new technology that could provide a promising solution.
Expanding the Cannabis Consumer Base
The prohibition of cannabis is lifting around the world, and millions of consumers are pushing the market to exceed $75 billion by 2025, from $13 billion in 2019.
As awareness grows, more information about the health benefits of cannabis drives consumer interest, but there’s one problem. The smell of cannabis products—particularly when smoking flower—deters both current and potential cannabis consumers.
Today’s graphic from CannabCo explores the social stigma that clouds the cannabis industry and introduces a new technology that could provide a disruptive solution.
The Pressures of Social Stigma
The lingering stigma that surrounds cannabis consumption has existed for decades, limiting the number of recreational and medical users.
Although numerous dimensions of this stigma exists, two of them are particularly prominent and damaging to consumers:
- Cannabis is addictive: Being negatively labelled as a drug addict, stoner, or “pothead”, personas which are associated with criminal activity.
- Cannabis is an identity: Smokers have difficulty concealing their consumption, as the smell can cling to the user and become part of their identity.
This intrusive and long-lasting odour is a distinctive and often unwanted aspect of smoking cannabis. Despite great strides being made to change perceptions about the industry, the odour continues to fuel the stigma.
Where Does the Smell Come From?
The odour comes from chemicals found in the plant, known as terpenes. They produce aromatic oils that give cannabis strains a unique scent—such as lemon, pine, or even coffee—and have been used for thousands of years in traditional herb-based medicine.
Terpenes and cannabinoids work together to multiply the plant’s medicinal properties, in a process known as the entourage effect. Of course, this is a double-edged sword, as new users are attracted to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, but are deterred by the smell, harsh burn, headaches, and coughing that comes with inhaling it.
The Path to a Cleaner Cannabis
Aside from the pain points that arise from smoking, there is also a need to combat the smell of cannabis products when they are stored. Therefore, an odourless cannabis could potentially reach an entirely new group of consumers who are deterred by the smell, and provide peace of mind for existing consumers.
CannabCo has developed a breakthrough technology, called PURECANN™, which creates a purer form of cannabis by eliminating the smell and harshness. It also creates a wealth of associated benefits:
- Virtually undetectable odour of stored dry product.
- Undetectable odour while smoking in public.
- No third-party gadgets or devices required by the user.
- Less residual “day-after effect” associated with smoking cannabis.
The unique technology removes the plant’s aroma, without compromising any of its medical properties. Moreover, it also benefits non-smokers who do not want to smell second-hand smoke.
Opening the Floodgates
While smoking cannabis is not something to be ashamed of, the PURECANN™ technology can provide users with the option of smoking more discreetly.
CannabCo dedicates itself to using new technologies to enhance the way people consume cannabis, and its most recent creation has enormous potential.
By providing a cleaner product, the cannabis experience could become more tolerable and accessible. As a result, the heavily stigmatized industry could drastically transform—and convince millions of new consumers to take notice.
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