Patient Flow

Patient Flow Analysis: Innovation for OECD & Emerging Market Hospitals

This presentation provides a basic introduction to Patient Flow Analysis (PFA) and its applications and relevance to hospitals in emerging markets. Specific international examples highlight the benefits of PFA for hospitals, including increased patient and staff satisfaction, greater patient throughput, reduced costs, and less chaotic hospital environments. The presentation concludes with an overview of Aceso Global’s ongoing work in Mexico on this topic, including specific metrics and measures used to perform PFA, and potential challenges that can arise when attempting to implement patient flow management changes. 

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Patient Flow Measurement: Definitions, Application and Relevance for LMICs

This briefing note summarizes the concepts, approaches, and benefits of patient flow in the US as a backdrop to exploring the use and relevance of patient flow analysis (PFA) in health care delivery across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is meant to provide some basic understanding of PFA, its potential relevance in LMICs and the possible need for alternative metrics for measuring management in those settings.