Recognizing the pivotal role that emergency departments play in delivering care, forming first impressions, and driving operational flow, one organization utilized the balanced scorecard as a tool to focus on performance improvement. The balanced scorecard provides a framework for measuring internal business processes, customer perspectives, financial performance, and learning and growth. A multidisciplinary team selected the following measures on which to focus for the study period: laboratory test completion exceeding 30 minutes; laboratory specimen return rate; patient satisfaction; patient complaint rate; profit; staff satisfaction; and continuing education hours. All measures improved during the study period, albeit in varying degrees of statistical significance. In addition to selecting a careful array of measures, the implementation process of the measurement tool was accompanied by an educational process for the staff as well as a commitment to focus upon barriers and enablers to drive performance.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - May 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management
- Health Policy