Sonitor's RTLS helps Stamford Hospital achieve their goal to tighten the relationship between patients & caregivers.
Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) have been a valuable, emerging technology in healthcare for several years now. Conventionally, it has been utilized for asset/equipment tracking — but today RTLS is playing an increasingly important role in improving hospital workflow.
HCB News talked with Anne M. Bugge, president and CEO of Sonitor Technologies, Inc. about these workflow applications and the promise they hold for more efficient care delivery.
The recent webinar "Driving Operational Efficiencies by Implementing RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems)," presented by Sonitor Technologies Director of Business Development and Sales Alan Tangen, explored the role RTLS can play in driving operational efficiency and cost avoidance in the health care environment.
The advantages of implementing Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) in healthcare facilities have become increasingly apparent in recent years.
RTLS is best known for tracking equipment, and is increasingly recognized for optimizing patient flow, optimizing staff utilization and workflow, accelerating room turnover, decreasing emergency room wait times, expanding OR capacity and throughput and many other operational functions.
Wireless devices requiring batteries are ubiquitous in the hospital environment. From traditional wireless devices such as pagers, cell phones, smoke detectors, and laptops to continuously emerging wireless technologies such as EKG monitors, pacemakers, infusion pumps, and real time location systems (RTLS), the list goes on and on.
With over half of hospitals' inpatient admissions coming from the Emergency Department (ED), improving patient satisfaction and accelerating patient flow through the ED can have a direct and significant impact on the hospital's bottom line.
Sonitor Technologies announced today the introduction of the SmartTag Mini, the latest addition to the Sonitor Sense RTLS open integration platform. Incorporating Sonitor's proprietary ultrasound positioning technology, with Wi-Fi, and LF technologies, the new tag is the smallest full feature tag currently available on the market.
Sonitor Technologies has introduced the SmartTag Mini to its Sonitor Sense RTLS open integration platform. The multi-use RTLS tag provides hospitals with real-time location tracking for patients, staff, and small mobile equipment and is designed for applications such as patient wandering, infant protection, and theft prevention. According to the company, the new tag is the smallest full-feature tag currently available on the market.
Wireless devices are everywhere in today's hospitals, but what about battery use? Right now, many devices, especially RTLS systems, run on powerful lithium thionyl batteries, which are great, but pricey to buy and dispose of and have certain performance and risk issues vs. alkaline ones. But many RTLS systems need the power that lithium can provide.
Just a few years ago, the vast majority of real time location systems (RTLS) installed in hospitals had one primary and critical role - locating assets. Secondary to the tracking of high-value mobile equipment was often the location of personnel and patients.
In healthcare, real-time location systems (RTLS) have for a long time been thought of primarily as asset-tracking systems, useful mainly for keeping track of equipment such as wheelchairs, gurneys, and infusion pumps. But RTLS systems are now being used to protect the safety of healthcare patients, from infants to sufferers of Alzheimer's disease.
HCW hand hygiene is known to be suboptimal and multifaceted improvement programmes are recommended, including measurement and feedback of compliance rates. The recent development of electronic systems for hand hygiene monitoring offers an alternative approach to direct observation.The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to use a real-time location system (RTLS) to determine whether the presence of human auditors on inpatient units was associated with an increase in hand hygiene events.
The Moorhead Campus is the first Sanford Health location to install a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) by Sonitor Technologies, Intelligent InSites, and RFID Global, which will help reduce patient wait times and impove clinical workflow.
DOTmed spoke with Anne Bugge, Sonitor Technologies' president and CEO for the Americas, about why RTLS has been working for hospitals and what challenges still remain.
Sanford Health, a nonprofit health-care system operator with locations in 126 communities throughout nine U.S. states, has opened a new "patient-centric" clinic in Moorhead, Minn. that, it says, reverses many traditions related to patient care-and it is enabling that shift with real-time location system (RTLS) technology.
Sonitor Technologies announced the first large scale installation of its revolutionary new Sonitor Sense(TM) RTLS platform in the or department at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. The advanced, open architecture RTLS system will integrate with the real-time operational intelligence platform from Intelligent InSites.
Sonitor Technologies, a leader in Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in healthcare, today announced the launch of their new RTLS open integration platform, Sonitor Sense(TM) . This unique system combines Sonitor's renowned High Definition Ultrasound(TM) technology with Wi-Fi, Low Frequency RF, and other sensory technologies, which can register motion, temperature, and humidity among other advanced features. The system also introduces intelligent Sonitor Sense(TM) tags that adapt to their environment. The result is a revolutionary RTLS system with increased usability, extreme battery life, and decreased Total-Cost-Of-Ownership.
STERIS Corporation and Sonitor have recently signed a non-exclusive agreement that assigns Sonitor Technologies as a selected RTLS supplier for STERIS's RealView™ Visual Workflow Management Software. Through the integration of Sonitor tag sensors with STERIS analytics, reporting and alerts, physicians, managers and perioperative staff have access to critical outputs such as the workflow and location of patients and supporting equipment, and any delays or exceptions in the schedule.
Sonitor Technologies and STERIS Corporation sign a non-exclusive agreement that assigns Sonitor Technologies as a selected RTLS supplier for STERIS's RealView Visual Workflow Management Software. This advanced solution is a live, patient-centric, Lean visual management system that transforms the entire perioperative continuum of care into a high-performance environment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, which earned its reputation as a health IT pioneer when it adopted electronic health records for all its medical facilities in the 1980s, is embarking on another ambitious project to improve care for veterans. This summer, the VA announced a five-year contract deal with HP Enterprise Service for the implementation of a real-time location system in each of its 152 hospitals.
The facility is testing a real-time location system to track hand-washing, the cleaning of equipment and the visits to patients by staff.
University Health Network (UHN), which operates three hospitals in Toronto, is testing a real-time location system (RTLS) intended to prevent the transmission and spread of new infections, as well as control any existing infections, by tracking equipment, patients and employees. The solution is currently being tested within three units of UHN's Toronto General Hospital, with plans to permanently deploy it if the technology provides data leading to a reduction of infections. Unlike some RTLS solutions that track individual staff members and their movements around a facility and at hand-washing stations, however, this system—provided by Infonaut, utilizing Sonitor tags and receivers—is intended to track behaviors that could lead to infections, while simultaneously protecting workers' privacy, by not revealing the identity of individuals who are wearing the Sonitor badges.
Real-time locating systems help to achieve more than finding and shifting.
Oslo-based Sonitor Technologies specialises in the development and manufacture of ultrasound-based real time locating systems (RTLS) that provide sub-room accuracy of movable equipment and people tracking in complex healthcare environments such as hospitals and long-term core care facilities.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently in the process of installing a real-time location system (RTLS) at all seven of its hospitals in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The VA's intention is to improve staff efficiencies, and thereby provide better medical care to veteran patients. The centers are installing a variety of RTLS hardware technologies, each selected to provide the best results for the specific hospital and the needs of its staff. The technologies include Wi-Fi-based RFID solutions provided by AeroScout and Ekahau, a hybrid infrared (IR) and 900 MHz active RFID tag system from CenTrak, an IR and 900 MHz active RFID tag solution supplied by RF Code, a ZigBee-based active RFID tag system from Skytron and Awarepoint, and an ultrasound-based RTLS solution from Sonitor Technologies. In addition, a variety of passive RFID tags and handheld readers are being utilized.
Three years after developing a real-time location system (RTLS) solution to improve patient care at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC), the company that spun out of that effort—SmartRoom—is currently installing a similar solution at Stamford Hospital, in Connecticut, using the same ultrasound ID badges and receivers, along with its own software, provided and installed by IBM. The firm plans to expand UPMC's system with Wi-Fi-based RTLS tags in 2012. The Stamford Hospital system will utilize Sonitor Technologies' RTLS to identify which staff members enter a particular patient's room, displaying that employee's name and title on a monitor for the patient, while also providing data about that patient—such as his or her vital signs and care requirements—on the same screen.
Sonitor Technologies has launced a new wireless receiver infrastructure, which allows receivers to communicate with the server wirelessly via 802.15.4, the existing WiFi, or via Ethernet.
Real time locating systems and expanded applications are bringing significant financial return to hospitals.
When real time locating systems (RTLS) were introduced to hospitals, the main objective was to bring order to chaos in tracking equipment. With scores of diagnostic and therapeutic devices in use and on the move throughout a facility, tracking became imperative to bring greater visibility and certainty to their location and status, allowing facilities to better manage their deployment, use and maintenance.
KKlas' venture into the monitoring and reporting of real-time location systems (RTLS) began in response to inquiries from CIOs and IT directors looking for clarity and a sense of direction in this new and confusing market segment. Some providers report that RTLS technologies save money, create efficiency, and improve the quality of care. However, many others are still confused. Who are the vendors? What are organizations using RTLS solutions for? How are others prioritizing its value? Is there an ROI?