University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) extends Radianse real time location system across Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Based on proven performance at two UPHS hospitals, enterprise-wide agreement inked
Philadelphia, Pa., June 2, 2008 - When the doors open later this year at the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, part of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, anything that moves inside the outpatient OR and Endoscopy facilities can be assigned a small, low-cost active-RFID tag from Radianse.
In the first phase of an enterprise-wide agreement with UPHS, Radianse will install a real time location system (RTLS) and web-based Radianse Reveal applications for asset tracking and vendor tracking to increase efficiency and utilization and streamline care processes in this state-of-the-art ambulatory center.
A Radianse RTLS and asset tracking application are already in use and delivering returns at two UPHS hospitals -- across perioperative services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) since 2005 and in the emergency department of Penn Presbyterian since 2006.
Cost saving and efficiency gains from Radianse
asset tracking on record
“Real time asset tracking has delivered as we had expected – in cost-savings, efficiency and improving the patient experience,” said Jim Mullen, M.D., associate executive director of HUP and corporate director of PeriOperative Services for UPHS. “It’s so simple and ubiquitous; the Radianse application is accessible from any web browser and we tag everything from surgical tables to infusion pumps. This eliminates the ‘hunt and gather’ missions that used to take away from direct patient care and supports on-time surgical procedures.” Losing time across several procedures daily can quickly add up in overtime costs and staff and patient dissatisfaction, added Dr. Mullen.
The Perelman Center will deploy 2,000 tags to track surgical equipment, primarily to room-level precision. The Radianse location software provides room-level location accuracy without the need for a receiver in each room, which further reduces installation cost. Where receivers are needed, it is a simple plug-in to the existing network infrastructure. Radianse ID-tags will be assigned to vendors who can also be tracked to the room-level. For example, in some specialties, vendors are on-site regularly to ensure surgeons have the appropriate inventory. Having a simple way to track vendor location is expected to improve service.
“The choice of Radianse to meet the enterprise-wide location needs for UPHS is extremely gratifying,” said Manuel Lowenhaupt, M.D., Radianse president and CEO. “As a large, complex healthcare institution, UPHS has done its due diligence, confirming the accuracy and effectiveness of a Radianse RTLS in two of the most demanding environments in any hospital. By choosing to extend the Radianse platform, there is virtually no limit to how UPHS administrators and clinicians can gather and use location-based information to improve care.”
Radianse provides intelligent solutions for healthcare by automatically collecting and processing real time location data, movement history, associations and relationship information on high-value assets, including equipment, patients and staff. Our patented algorithms and advanced software applications help optimize business processes, enhance patient throughput, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency within healthcare. Radianse products have been installed in more than 75 hospitals.