2004 EHR WfMS Tutorial Slide 51: Why Did Patient Volume Increase? Why Did Encounter Length Decrease?

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A very important question! Why did patient volume increase? Patient volume increased because encounter length decreased and this freed up resources to see more patients. So, for example, if your encounter length is 30 minutes, exam rooms and staff are tied up during that time. If you can reduce the encounter to, say, 15 minutes, then you’ve freed up fifteen minutes in which the exam rooms and staff can be used to see another patient. However, then the question becomes why does the encounter length decrease? And the answer is very interesting.

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Why Did Patient Volume Increase?

  • Because encounter length decreases (freeing resources to see more patients)
  • Why does encounter length decrease?

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Related links:

(2006 EHR WfMS Tutorial) Slide 80-81: Why Did Patient Volume Increase? Why Did Encounter Length Decrease?

(There much more content about this topic in the 2006 tutorial.)

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