Continuous innovation and flexibity
A more holistic approach has been adopted of late to take advantage of emerging technologies particularly automated hospital and clinical management systems. Major operational studies have been carried out in a number of the management contracts and privately owned hospitals to ensure that the maximum utilization was being achieved from the available space, equipment and staff time. This led in some instances to the multiskilling of both clinical and non-clinical staff, which has helped, for example, improve patient throughput in outpatient clinics. By combining multiskilling with appropriate design and layout of clinics, together with the fullest use of the automated patient scheduling, records and treatment systems. it was possible to reduce. in one outpatient department, the total number of nurses required by twenty.
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