Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Improves Patient Care and Operational Efficiency with STANLEY Healthcare’s RTLS Asset Tracking Solution
WALTHAM, Mass. and Ivry sur Seine, July 8, 2014— STANLEY Healthcare, a market leading provider of visibility solutions and analytics for the healthcare industry, has provided Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with a Real-Time Location System (RTLS), which allows the hospital to optimise the use of critical and expensive equipment, saving time, reducing waste and improving quality of care. The project was deployed by BT Convergent Solutions (BT iNet), a STANLEY Healthcare partner with deep healthcare expertise.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust consists of three main sites. The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester. Each year the Trust cares for nearly 800,000 patients including 90,000 people who need operations, 130,000 people in Accident & Emergency and 500,000 outpatients. More than 6,300 babies are born in the Trust every year.
STANLEY Healthcare’s MobileView™ software enables staff to search for and manage medical equipment and other assets, and includes an open architecture for integration with a wide range of hospital systems. The Asset Tracking and Management solution is Wi-Fi-based, avoiding the need to purchase and deploy a proprietary RFID network. Worcestershire leverages its existing Cisco Wi-Fi network to support the deployment, lowering the hospital’s total cost of ownership.
“We selected STANLEY Healthcare’s solutions based on the success STANLEY has with hospitals around the world. They offered a better and more complete package than their competition,” said Dr. Jeremy Thomas, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. “We initially implemented STANLEY Healthcare’s Asset Tracking solution in Worcestershire’s Royal Hospital. Our goal is to expand on the number of tagged assets in other hospitals in the Trust. We are now utilising critical assets and are able to better maintain them as well. Clinicians and patients now have equipment when needed,” said Dr. Thomas. “We have been amazed by the efficiency that the RTLS solution offers. We have decreased equipment loss, improved efficiency and gained a positive impact when it comes to patient care.”
Prior to implementing the solution, the hospital had determined that the tasks of locating and managing medical equipment were incurring significant cost and extending timescales of clinical workflows. Now, using STANLEY Healthcare’s Wi-Fi RFID Tags, the Trust has tracked the most commonly searched for medical equipment including beds, wheelchairs, patient warming devices, infusion pumps and syringe drivers.
The hospital also plans to start tagging less commonly used assets to look for potential savings on the total stock of such items, by using STANLEY Healthcare’s MobileView software, which enables staff to quickly find critical equipment, run reports and manage assets. “Senior nursing staff have completed their MobileView training and have become more involved in IT systems to improve efficiency. They are starting to both use the system and cascade knowledge to more junior staff. The huge power of being able to locate a specific asset within a few minutes is of paramount importance. A single epidural pump was mislaid and it was very easy to locate it from within the 53 pumps in use,” said Dr. Thomas.
Future plans at the Worcestershire Trust include advanced RTLS visibility solutions, such as Hugs Infant protection, Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring, Patient Safety Monitoring and Patient Security.
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