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Category Archives: Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

NHS Tackles Patient Flow Challenges

NHSNow more than ever, the National Health Service (“NHS”, the UK’s publicly funded health system) looks to tackle patient flow challenges by focusing on identifying and implementing solutions and best practices that enable timely access to care.

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Categories: Patient Flow, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

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)

The Good and Bad about Hospital Acquired Conditions

The Good & Bad about HAIsThe federal government announced in December 2014 that American hospitals are getting safer.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported a 17 percent drop in patient infections and medical errors from 2010 to 2013, and estimated that 50,000 deaths were averted over that span.  Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) fell from 145 per thousand discharges to 121 per thousand, thus saving $12 billion.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, said that the data represent “significant progress on improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars more wisely.”  To read this article, ‘Hospitals Make Unprecedented Strides in Patient Safety,’ click here.

Left unsaid was that H&HS originally set a goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013, with 60 thousand fewer deaths, 1.8 million fewer harms and $35 billion in savings.

That’s good news!

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

TeleTracking Named Best Product for Workplace Improvement

Building Better Healthcare TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. has been named the 2014 “Best Product for Improving Working Practices” by the British healthcare publication, Building Better Healthcare.

Each year the publication recognized leaders who are advancing the delivery of healthcare in various ways.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Operational Efficiency, 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)

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)

TeleTracking to Highlight Real-Time Upgrades at HIMSS’14

HIMSSNew upgrades boosting TeleTracking’s market-leading ability to operate hospitals in “absolute” real time will be highlighted next week at HIMSS14 in Orlando, FL.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Clinical Workflow Suite, Real-Time Capacity Management, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS), Transfer / Referral Center

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)