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Blanton Godfrey to Address TeleTracking Conference

Quality expert will discuss ways of improving hospital efficiency

Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:21

(TeleTracking Technologies: Pittsburgh) -- Renowned quality expert A. Blanton Godfrey, Ph.D., board chairman of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and one of the creators of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, will be the featured speaker when TeleTracking Technologies celebrates 20 years of enhancing hospital efficiency at its annual client conference Oct. 10–12, 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in California.

Godfrey, one of the world’s most knowledgeable living quality experts, will discuss ways of improving hospital efficiency in light of health care reform. Now dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, he previously served as chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute, a leading international consulting, research, and training organization focused on quality management and business excellence. His personal achievements and scholarship in quality, Six Sigma, lean, the Baldrige Award, ISO 9000—the family of quality management standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and numerous innovation methods are unparalleled.

TeleTracking Technologies, the company that created automated patient flow management two decades ago, is the world leader in the category and the leading architect of real-time enterprise capacity management, which some experts believe is the fastest way for hospitals and health systems to reduce cost and generate revenue under the new demands of health care reform.

Godfrey helped found the National Demonstration Project on Quality Improvement in Health Care in 1987 with Dr. Donald M. Berwick, who is now Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That project was launched to explore the application of modern quality improvement methods to health care. The National Demonstration Project’s National Summit in 1989 was the precursor to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. IHI has become a major force in changing health care management throughout the world.

A former instructor of graduate courses in quality management and quality control at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a guest lecturer on clinical quality management at Harvard University, Godfrey also directed the Quality Theory and Technology Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories, which focused on applied research in quality management and technology, reliability, and productivity. He is a recipient of the Edwards Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) which is presented to individuals for outstanding leadership in the application of modern quality control methods, especially through the organization and administration of such work. He has taught in more than 60 countries and consulted with many top executives around the world. His writings have been translated into 15 languages.

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For two decades, TeleTracking Technologies has applied innovative, industry-leading logistics principles to hospitals and health systems to enhance patient care, improve financial performance, and gain competitive advantage. Along with its subsidiary, Avanti Patient Flow, and real-time location systems (RTLS), and business analytics divisions, TeleTracking designs and delivers an enterprisewide computer-automated platform that reduces overcrowding, cuts costs, generates revenue, fights the spread of infection, manages assets, accelerates patient transfers, and provides business analytics for continual operational improvement and business development. The result is an end-to-end system that connects patient flow to patient care for better outcomes.