Reduced average length of stay (AVLOS)

New treatment methods, new medical techniques and protocols that allow patients to be treated with these methods and techniques and at the right level of care delivery, all support improved quality of care. This results in more rapid recovery for patients and shorter AVLOS.

Historically, however, two barriers have inhibited the introduction and application of this type of Modern Medicine: the inability of healthcare providers to introduce and apply “best practice” and healthcare reimbursement systems that prevent opportunities for healthcare providers to drive quality improvements.

The poor ability of healthcare providers to evolve and reap the potential of  Modern Medicine, derives, in part, from an organizational structure of many healthcare providers that is historically influenced by a traditional split between “the medical profession” and “the administration”, with limited incentives for the organization as a whole to drive initiatives and improvements. In addition, European healthcare systems have historically reimbursed healthcare on a per diem basis in certain countries.

These productivity trends create opportunities for pan-European healthcare providers to implement best practices across markets by transferring nowledge and experience between units and countries, thereby gradually decreasing the differences in the quality of care. In addition, AVLOS reduction also reduces personnel and other direct costs, as well as freeing-up capacity to handle additional patient volumes. Continued implementation of Modern Medicine will improve medical results, reduce AVLOS and thereby improve productivity.