Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed acute-care hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio—and in the midst of $110 million expansion, adding 100 patient rooms, new emergency and surgical services and other improvements.
The hospital staff was experiencing difficulty in finding equipment as needed for patient care, inspection and safety. With the hospital expansion pending, there was an anticipated need for improved clinical workflow and patient throughput, as well as an ongoing effort to find ways to continually enhance safety in the work environment.
SOMC implemented the Radianse real time location platform and Radianse Reveal Asset Tracking hospital-wide, including 2,000 tags, room- and zone-level coverage to evaluate patient tracking, staff tracking and patient flow applications.
With Radianse technology implemented, the staff is enjoying easier equipment management, improved recall management, better utilization of limited supply of critical devices and streamlined JCAHO compliance.
In their words
"Radianse was so mindful of the patient care environment that they set themselves apart early. Our future plans will consider use of the Radianse platform to improve safety, particularly to add patient flow as we ramp up our new emergency services. We also think about staff safety. Imagine if every staff member had an active-RFID tag in the parking garage—a wonderful security application. Disaster preparedness is another opportunity."
Penny Cooper, Administrative Director of Worksite and Patient Safety
In their words
"Already we can see that real time asset tracking is going to save a lot of time. There are a lot of reasons to need to find equipment. We had to dedicate staff for an hour or two to hunt for recalled devices and do preventive maintenance. Now they can walk over to the computer. What once took hours takes seconds."
Greg Malone, Supervisor, Biomedical Engineering
Jan 2008: Improved Workflow and Asset Tracking
Jan 2008: Tracking 1600+ Assets