By Joseph Goedert

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has partnered with GE Healthcare under a multiyear contract to study and improve patient flow in the 1,171-bed facility.

Initially, GE Healthcare experts in Lean Six Sigma process management will work with hospital staff to identify patient flow problems and develop solutions. The Waukesha, Wisconsin-based vendor will support this work with its AgileTrac wireless real-time asset tracking system that uses radio frequency identification technology. GE last year acquired Agility Healthcare Solutions, which developed AgileTrac.

The hospital and vendor will gather real-time data on workflow patterns to identify bottlenecks. Over time, they will use GE-proprietary simulation applications and Mount Sinai's data to characterize and simulate hospitalwide clinical workflow.

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