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In the anesthesia clinic, “Versus ties it all together


for us,” says Claire Rozman, clinic manager. “T e Versus solution is priceless in regards to effi ciency and the ability to save steps by seeing what’s going on.” Rozman says, “One of the best parts about the system is that it allows us to communicate clinic status to the anesthesia group that works in a diff erent hospital building. Before we could call for assistance, but it wasn’t an eff ective way to communicate. Now, the status of all patients is known in real time, all the time.” Knowing where to go and when helps the clinic


achieve immediate patient rooming. In the labor and delivery and mother and baby units, our RTLS locates laboring mothers who may be walking the fl oor, communicates a baby’s status to all caregivers, cues when epidurals are needed and more. “T e system is very intuitive. Everyone utilizes


The move from grease boards to an RTLS system was imperative, because the PeaceHealth ED handles as many as 30 to 40 patients at any one time.


it,” says Becky Moore, R.N. “T ere’s no way to explain what a diff erence it makes being able to communicate automatically via the virtual boards.”


Nursing smiles, bio-med smiles Managing our equipment fl eet across a facility the size of 23 football fi elds is no small feat. As a health system, patient care is our number one goal. Being able to achieve it while reducing costs is a great achievement. PeaceHealth started with basic asset tracking and took it to another level by adding rules for automatic par-level manage- ment. RTLS has helped us: • Reduce IV pumps by 25 percent; • Eliminate the need for IV pump rentals; and • Guarantee that nursing has clean IV pumps available at all times.


PeaceHealth saved $600,000 the moment the IV pump


par-level management went live. We calculate savings of $2.7 million over the next 10 years on IV pumps alone, not counting


other tracked assets. More importantly, our nurses and patients always have the equipment they need, when they need it.


Mega metrics As we constantly strive to achieve service excellence and operational effi ciency, our clinical analysts appreciate unbiased, accurate RTLS data. T e reporting package provides more than 40 standard reports to help with continuous improvement, plus the ability to build our own. By utilizing these tools we are able to measure value- and non-value-added activities to help increase the time our caregivers spend directly with patients.


Additional use cases looking forward Our journey with RTLS is far from over. In addition to using the data for continual process improvement, we are also planning new ways to leverage the infrastructure. We are currently working on triggering an ED surge plan based on real-time metrics. And we’re evaluating the possibility of monitoring hand-hygiene compliance.


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