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How can you improve productivity in non-hospital healthcare organizations (i.e. American Heart Association)? What is the difference of productivity in these and hospital settings? Are there any special challenges in improving productivity in the non-hospital setting?

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I need help with the following question soon:

How can you improve productivity in non-hospital healthcare organizations (i.e. American Heart Association). What is the difference of productivity in these and hospital settings? Are there any special challenges in improving productivity in the non-hospital setting?
I can improve productivity in non-hospital health care organizations by setting objectives and targets for improvement. How are these set? In Urgent Care Centers one of the objectives can be fast care and minimizing the time between the entry of the patient and the time she leaves. Take another example, in a virtual doctor's office one of most important objectives is the accuracy of diagnosis.
The next productivity improvement step that I will use is to set standards for each level of service. For example, in outpatient laboratories a time standard can be ...

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