A costly situation could be faced by hospitals if they do not always know where their patients are located, both financially and clinically. With that in mind, StatCom has launched a technology platform designed to give providers a complete view of the patient from admission to discharge. The Hospital Operating System was unveiled Monday by the Atlanta-based subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare. Company officials describe the Hospital Operating System is an administrative tool that doesn’t store data, but compiles it for a real-time view of all clinical and financial systems. The system has proven effective at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, part of the Mercy Health Partners network. Hospital officials say the technology, in use for the past year at Mercy St. Vincent and more recently rolled out to other hospitals in the system, has helped reduce the time a patient needs to stay in the hospital, thereby reducing expenses for both the hospital and the patient, as well as helping to improve the quality of care by making sure treatment is delivered to the patient in a timely and effective manner. The system is designed for hospitals with 300 beds or more, with hundreds of users and an average length of stay of five days. Schlotman said StatCom is working on enhancing the system to manage patient milestones and alerts, and future versions might incorporate staffing and supply chain services as well as the operating room and emergency departments.