Tampa General Hospital and GE Healthcare’s CareComm Saves $40 Million, Cuts 20,000 Excess Days and Reduces Length of Stay

Tampa General Hospital (TGH), in partnership with GE Healthcare, reports a $40M reduction of system-wide inefficiencies since launching their CareComm command center with GE’s Command Center Software last August. Utilizing 20 artificial intelligence applications (aka Tiles), CareComm helps to optimize minute-to-minute patient care operations with real-time actionable information used in CareComm and throughout the hospital.

CareComm’s Tiles include Patient Manager, Capacity Snapshot, Surgical Tube Map, Observation Manager, Discharge Barriers, Imaging Expediter and more. CareComm also created a digital twin of patient flow at TGH which was used to reallocate nursing unit capacities and optimize the surgical block schedule. More than anything, CareComm’s work has been to serve and enable TGH’s caregivers and care teams.

The program has helped TGH to operate at maximum occupancy, decrease average length of stay by eliminating 20,000 excess days, and reduce emergency room diversion by 25% for the level one trauma center that serves the entire West Coast of Florida. These improvements equate to 30 beds of additional capacity.

“CareComm is not only the center of gravity for our artificial intelligence platform, it’s the center of gravity for the entire hospital system,” said John Couris, CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “We feel sometimes that to fix a problem, we’ve got to build a building or build more capacity. We started to think a little differently saying, how do we drive value to the consumer by doing better with what we have and not just simply building more.”

“When CareComm opened in August 2019, a hurricane was approaching, and we talked about it being helpful during the storm. We didn’t discuss a pandemic, but it’s been a remarkably useful tool in the management of COVID-19 as well as for daily patient care operations,” said Everett Cunningham, CEO of US and Canada, GE Healthcare. “GE Command Centers are now operating in over 200 hospitals worldwide helping health systems and governments through COVID-19.”

In addition to GE’s real-time Tiles, the CareComm team rapidly implemented an early warning system to help anticipate COVID-19 hotspots in the community. And TGH worked with health systems in the local area to share capacity between them through each surge of COVID-19 patients.

“CareComm guides our hospital along the path of automating care delivery. Over the past year, our team gathered valuable patient insights from our command center which we’ve been able to apply to managing reduced length of stay and better patient flow for all patients – especially in the evolving era of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Peter Chang, vice president for care transitions, Tampa General Hospital.

TGH is also co-leading a statewide collaboration with other Florida health systems and GE Healthcare to manage beds, ventilators and COVID-19 hospitalizations in near-time called the Florida Capacity System. This new cloud-based system is live and will help to manage the pandemic as well as hurricanes and other challenges in the future.

“The COVID-19 crisis requires a regional response. We’ll keep working together with the Florida healthcare systems and have agreed to share

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Orangetheory Fitness Aids Tampa Bay’s Hungry

TAMPA, FL — Orangetheory Fitness was proud to stand with Feeding Tampa Bay during Hunger Action Month in September.

“We know a lot of individuals have been hit especially hard during this pandemic” said owner Jim Potesta. “We are honored to have a partner like Feeding Tampa Bay to help raise funds and awareness.

“At Orangetheory, we believe in addressing the important issues that affect the health of millions throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Potesta said. “We know that more meals helps deliver better health for those in need. To date, we have raised $12,500 which in turn provides 125,000 meals to those who struggle with food insecurity.”

Launching in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness franchisees have opened more than 1,200 studios in 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.

As one of the nation’s top hunger relief organizations, Feeding Tampa Bay is ending hunger by fueling human potential in every family, child and senior across the 10-county region.

By leveraging the daily connection around a meal, the organization is evolving its partnerships, programs and services with a goal to break down barriers and create long-term health and capability in the lives of the individuals they serve.

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has evolved its services by almost tripling its reach to serve the nearly 1.7 million facing increased need during the crisis. The nonprofit anticipates it will serve more than 100 million meals this year.

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Local Hero: Orangetheory Fitness Aids Tampa Bay’s Hungry

TAMPA, FL — Orangetheory Fitness was proud to stand with Feeding Tampa Bay during Hunger Action Month in September.

“We know a lot of individuals have been hit especially hard during this pandemic” said owner Jim Potesta. “We are honored to have a partner like Feeding Tampa Bay to help raise funds and awareness.

“At Orangetheory, we believe in addressing the important issues that affect the health of millions throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Potesta said. “We know that more meals helps deliver better health for those in need. To date, we have raised $12,500 which in turn provides 125,000 meals to those who struggle with food insecurity.”

Launching in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness franchisees have opened more than 1,200 studios in 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.

As one of the nation’s top hunger relief organizations, Feeding Tampa Bay is ending hunger by fueling human potential in every family, child and senior across the 10-county region.

By leveraging the daily connection around a meal, the organization is evolving its partnerships, programs and services with a goal to break down barriers and create long-term health and capability in the lives of the individuals they serve.

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has evolved its services by almost tripling its reach to serve the nearly 1.7 million facing increased need during the crisis. The nonprofit anticipates it will serve more than 100 million meals this year.

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