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Patient Discharges – a Stumbling Block to Patient Access

TeleTracking_Patient AccessThe biggest obstacle to hospital access may be the back door.

People who work in hospitals know that the discharge process can be a stumbling block to patient access because it takes time and a lot of staff / patient interaction.  The impact though goes far beyond getting a patient discharged.

Often it takes hours for word to get around that a bed is vacant and is available for a patient who is probably waiting in the emergency room.  That’s because that information typically comes from the hospitals Admission Discharge Transfer (ADT) system, which is not real time.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Patient Access, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Make Every Day Handwashing Day

Make Every Day Handwashing DayOur mothers always reminded us to wash our hands because of a simple truth that’s known around the world: handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease.

This October 15th – “Global Handwashing Day” – is a great time to take stock of that fact, especially as the world stares at the threat of an Ebola pandemic.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

“First Do No Harm” TeleTracking RTLS and the HAC Program

HAC ProgramThe Advisory Board reports that over 15 percent of America’s hospitals may face penalties for patient harm under the latest provision of the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect October 2014.

Under the new provisions of the Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will rate 10 patient injuries including blood stream infections, patient falls, bed sores, urinary tract infections, collapsed lungs, cuts that occur during or after surgery and blood clots. According to a Kaiser Health News analysis of Medicare data, 761 hospitals may be penalized after the first year of the program. Most of the facilities impacted are large, publicly owned, or safety-net hospitals in the Northeast and the West. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Celebrate National Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014

HTM WeekThis is “Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014!”  It’s time to again recognize the people behind the scenes who keep our hospitals running.

Ensuring the safety and availability of life-saving technologies, various biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other healthcare technology professionals are responsible for servicing, maintaining, and managing healthcare technologies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, manufacturers, and third-party service organizations around the world.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Healthcare Technology Management Week

RTLS Now Goes Beyond “Dots On A Map”

Dots on a map-resized-600We’ve been saying for a while now that RTLS is a transformative technology for healthcare, with potential that goes far beyond finding a hidden IV pump.

So it was refreshing to learn that Terry Broussard thinks the same thing.  Mr. Broussard is Vice President of Support Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. In a roundtable discussion titled Real-time Locating Systems published last month in Tech Nation Magazine, he said the following:

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

TeleTracking Offers Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

hand hygiene blogThe costs are staggering.

Each year, hospital infections could claim up to 100,000 lives and cost hospitals $45 billion. Yet, studies repeatedly show that, without encouragement, hospital workers may only wash their hands once out of every three times they interact with patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

How RTLS Can Help Prevent a Rolling Hospital Acquired Infection Epidemic

RTLS-prevent-rolling-infection-epidemic (250x242)We’ve suggested before in this column that, in the search for a magic bullet for infection control, some things are being overlooked.

For example, there are probably more than 5,000 mobile medical devices rolling around in a typical 300 bed hospital every day.  These are the IV pumps, telemetry units, even wheel chairs and gurneys that are so commonplace they often don’t get the disinfection they need to protect patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

RTLS: The Tipping Point for Operational Efficiency

RTLS-operational-efficiency-tipping-point (250x189)When TeleTracking was founded in 1991, the concept of patient flow was foreign to most and automation was something done in factories. Operational efficiency wasn’t even considered.

It took insight to recognize that there was a patient flow pattern within the continuum of care and that many of the steps in that flow could be automated and monitored for greater efficiency.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Real-Time Capacity Management, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Free Giveaway For National Healthcare Technology Management Week

hats-off-biomed-clinical-engineeringThis is “Healthcare Technology Management Week,” a time to recognize the people behind the scenes who keep our hospitals running.

These are the biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other healthcare technology professionals responsible for servicing, maintaining, and managing healthcare technologies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, manufacturers, and third-party service organizations around the world.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)