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

From 2004 to 2006 I gave an annual three-hour tutorial about EHR Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs). While some terminology is dated (for example, WfMSs are now called Business Process Management Systems), the concepts are even more relevant today. P.S. I’ve been a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador for six years in a row. Join me on Twitter at @wareFLO to to help spread the the message: Viva la Workflow! (Take me to the beginning of these slides!)

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?

From 2004 to 2006 I gave an annual three-hour tutorial about EHR Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs). While some terminology is dated (for example, WfMSs are now called Business Process Management Systems), the concepts are even more relevant today. P.S. I’ve been a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador for six years in a row. Join me on Twitter at @wareFLO to to help spread the the message: Viva la Workflow! (Take me to the beginning of these slides!)

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.)

TEPR 2004 EHR Workflow Management System Slides

Based on the slide deck used for three-hour tutorial at the 2004 TEPR conference in Fort Lauderdale.

TEPR 2006 EHR Workflow Management Systems Slides

Based on the slide deck used for three-hour tutorial at the 2006 TEPR Conference in Baltimore.

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