Genesis Health System Celebrates Five Years of Success with STANLEY Healthcare's Asset Management Solution

Hospital Achieves Tangible Efficiency Improvements, Cost Savings


WALTHAM, Mass., February 20, 2014 — STANLEY Healthcare, a market leading provider of safety, security and operational efficiency solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced Genesis Health System's five-year anniversary with the STANLEY Healthcare Asset Management Solution. The Davenport, Iowa-based health system—named as one of the Most Wired hospitals in the U.S. by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine for 10 years running—has been a pioneer in the use of a Real Time Location System (RTLS) to drive efficiency improvements and cost savings.

Genesis Health System began collaborating with STANLEY Healthcare (formerly AeroScout) in 2008 and completed implementation of the Asset Management Solution in 2009. The health system's initial goals included cutting search times in half and reducing rentals, particularly of infusion pumps and specialty beds. Hospital administrators also aimed to enhance staff satisfaction and to gather utilization data as preparation for upcoming infusion pump purchases. Additionally, the Materials Management department sought a technology solution that would enable higher efficiency and internal customer satisfaction despite their limited resources.

BUSINESS INSIGHTS AND QUANTIFIABLE ROI
According to Logistics Manager Al Loeffelholz, prior to implementing the Real Time Location System (RTLS), average search times were 22 minutes. While Genesis Health System targeted a 50-percent improvement, actual improvement was greater than 90 percent.

The solution also provided Genesis Health System with the business insights it needed to make more effective purchasing decisions. "When the hospital purchased new infusion pumps in 2010, we used data acquired via AeroScout® MobileView to help us understand historical demand for pumps and purchase an optimal number of pumps," Loeffelholz said.

PAR LEVEL MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES
Today, Genesis Health System is using Wi-Fi tags and the MobileView platform to track and manage more than 975 assets—including single and double channel IV pumps, PCA pumps, wheelchairs, bariatric wheelchairs, powered air-purifying respirators and feeding pumps—across its five-campus system. In addition, Genesis is using MobileView's par level management capability and has successfully automated par level management by monitoring 23 soiled rooms and specialty locations, such as distribution and BioMed areas.

The solution has helped in other time-sensitive situations as well. When a well-known manufacturer recalled many of its infusion pumps, it became more important than ever to be able to quickly and accurately locate available resources. "Because of our large pump fleet and multiple campuses, an automated system has been crucial in redeploying these assets quickly and maintaining high utilization," Loeffelholz said, adding that since implementing RTLS there have been no delays in cardiovascular surgery start times due to missing equipment.

SAVINGS IN THE MED/SURG UNIT
Most recently, Genesis Health System has applied RFID and RTLS capabilities to help in managing vital signs monitors in the Medical Surgical unit at its Silvis campus in Illinois. Prior to a Six Sigma initiative, Silvis nurses were spending an average of 128 minutes per shift looking for these monitors. After the Six Sigma process improvements, which still relied on manual recordkeeping, search time dropped to 39 minutes. Today, with the automated STANLEY Healthcare solution, nurses are able to locate vital signs monitors in three minutes or less—freeing up nursing and other resources to focus on patient interaction and care.

Although Genesis initially deployed the RTLS system for the Materials Management department, other functions and units have embraced the capabilities and are applying the system to enhance management of their own equipment at the department level.

"We've actually seen good use in the nursing areas where they have their own equipment on the floor. These items are difficult to find, they ‘walk away' or they're borrowed," Loeffelholz noted. "The nursing units have begun tagging some of these items, which fall under a departmental budget and complement our enterprise efforts in managing hospital-wide devices and supplies."

VIEW THE WEBINAR
To learn more about the deployment at Genesis Health System, view the free on-demand webinar Genesis Health System Achieves Clinical and Operational Process Improvements with the use of Real-Time Location Systems (RLTS) at www.stanleyhealthcare.com/genesis, or visit with STANLEY Healthcare at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Florida on February 24-26, 2014.

About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with nearly 200 primary care providers and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities  Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers.  Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with more than 5,100 employees.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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