Increasing patient numbers and security risks, including patient elopement, wandering, and infant abduction, can complicate the important work hospitals undertake every day. To amplify campus safety, healthcare facilities are turning to integrated wireless solutions such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and real-time location systems (RTLS). As a result, they are reaping four key rewards: enhanced quality of care, reduced financial waste, high patient satisfaction, and easier access to real-time operational data.
“Beyond helping hospitals provide the best in care and service to their patients, visitors, and staff, RFID and RTLS technology can help boost a hospital’s Press Ganey satisfaction survey score,” says Steve Nibbelink, Global Director, Healthcare Security and RTLS Solutions at Schneider Electric™. “And from a business perspective, typical return on investment for RFID/RTLS projects is estimated at 1 year or less,” which is mainly a result of improved asset and equipment visibility.
But before implementing any intelligent RFID/RTLS solution, four steps are essential for a successful deployment: identification of key issues and objectives, careful planning, clear expectations, and training.
Even more value with integration
Integrated RFID/RTLS solutions can improve visitor management, right-size medical inventory, protect against theft, and boost employee efficiency and usage. When integrated into a healthcare facility’s security, energy, building, and power applications, flexible RFID/RTLS technologies can help:
> Streamline operations in locating assets, and simplify matching of equipment, patients, and staff with planned procedures
> Improve asset tracking and monitoring for equipment utilization, inventory management, and loss prevention
> Enable staff to quickly locate rented equipment and reduce late return fees
> Provide immediate access to patient, caretaker, visitor, and staff location in case of an adverse event
> Reduce time spent searching for medical equipment and assets to improve employee efficiency and patient satisfaction
Most importantly, medical and operational staff, patients, and visitors can achieve peace of mind knowing that the facility is safe.