Happy Thanksgiving from Awarepoint, with special thanks to our RTLS hospital clients…Happy turkey day everyone! At Awarepoint, we really have so much to be thankful for; one day doesn’t seem like enough!
Today’s post is a special thank you to all of our hospital clients, but especially those enthusiastic, vocal clients who have taken the time to publicly advance the benefits of RTLS in hospitals by telling some of their success stories:
UCSD MEDICAL CENTERScott Sullivan, Business Officer, of University of California San Diego Medical Center has made dozens of presentations on UCSD’s use of RTLS to track critical medical equipment assets, giving background, primary value drivers and needs review, the hospital’s technology assessment, and why Awarepoint’s ZigBee-based technology emerged as their ideal choice. In case you missed them, you can view a summary article titled Maximize tracking your assets in real time by clicking on this link.
UCSF MEDICAL CENTERJim Barnes, Director of OR Support Staff at UCSF Medical Center, describes how UCSF originally installed a RTLS in its operating room in 2007, starting with 1,000 OR-owned assets, and has since expanded the deployment to multiple campuses, additional departments and nearly 8,000 assets currently under management. Jim discusses that within the first few months of implementing their RTLS system, the hospitals saved nearly $250,000 in eliminating planned equipment purchases for only 2 inventory items in the operating room.
UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO MEDICAL CENTER“At University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) – their infusion pump vendor had a recall on pumps that would require software upgrades to all their pumps/modules. The vendor allocated 4 guys for 5 days. Using Skytron Asset Manager, powered by Awarepoint to locate all the pumps they were done in 2.5 days with 100% coverage. The company claims they have never had 100% coverage in any facility! In and out with minimal disruption….”
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTERThis is an excerpt from an email from Tracy Alford, Director-Patient Equipment at University of Mississippi Medical Center to her Executive Director of Supply Chain. “If this machine would have not been located, the hospital would have received an invoice from KCI in the amount of $24,250.00. We might not have ever known where the machine was if it had not been tagged by the Awarepoint system.”
TRI CITY MEDICAL CENTER:With the use of Awarepoint’s RTLS, Tri-City Medical Center was able to track their Wound VACS and designate an “exit alert” any time they entered the main lobby. Within the first 2 weeks, they saved 2 from accidentally going with patients, at a value of nearly $50,000.
TEXOMA MEDICAL CENTERGregg Stepp, supply chain director at Texoma Medical Center shares the steps Texoma took to implement and optimally use RTLS and how it resulted in savings in time and money at the organization. Within the initial 3 weeks of launch, Texoma Medical Center is showing a monthly savings of 115% ROI. "One of our big ROI savings was about $88,000 because of not buying new PCA pumps. Texoma Medical Center was also able to save approximately $3,000 each month in rental expenditures on sequential compression devices alone."
SPECTRUM HEALTHThe first challenge addressed by Spectrum Health's RTLS deployment was tracking equipment that requires preventive maintenance. According to Robert Rinck, Director of Clinical Engineering for Spectrum Health System, “patient safety is priority #1”.
SAN JOAQUIN COMMUNITY HOSPITALSan Joaquin Community Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, has deployed an enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) covering 350,000 square feet and involving more than 1,300 assets. The system includes equipment asset tags and temperature-monitoring tags. Sam Itani, Vice President, has presented on how his hospital is employing RTLS as a solution to budget pressures, not as an additional cost.
OUR LADY OF THE LAKE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTERAllyn Whaley-Martin, Director of Safety at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) has discussed her hospital’s deployment of an enterprise-wide RTLS system from Skytron, powered by Awarepoint. “It’s interesting to recall how many times we purchased IV pumps before RTLS, but still had trouble accounting for them all. Now, with RTLS, we make sure IV pumps are where they need to be – and this has actually now evolved beyond pumps to beds and other key equipment pieces. Within the first month of RTLS implementation, we reduced complaints from nursing that “we don’t have a pump” to zero! We’ve also seen an improvement in our preventive maintenance (PM) completion rates. Since RTLS was implemented, we’re down to 3.2% of PMs found incomplete. This represents an improvement from 93% - 97% completion.”
KAISER SAN JOSE MEDICAL CENTERTerri Simpson-Tucker, RN, MSN, Assistant Administrator of Support Services, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center has presented on how an investment in RTLS has the potential to save money, minimize waste and improve employee efficiency in any organization. She has discussed her hospital’s experience in developing a business case with a positive return on investment to fund and implement RTLS and how she worked with different stakeholders on the project to ensure success.
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE'S 81ST MEDICAL GROUPLarry George contract project manager for the Center for Partnerships in Research and Technology (CPRT) in the Office of the Assistant Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Modernization has written a blog post entitled Tracking Medical Equipment Using Radio Waves, describing using RTLS to improve asset management for mobile medical devices. The solution has received Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Program (DIACAP) Authority to Operate (ATO) (see press release).
So thanks again to each of you above, and to all of our Awarepoint clients – you truly are our best assets and we couldn’t be more thankful!
Have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving everyone.