Radianse announces new active-RFID IPS installations at Yale-New Haven Hospital, PinnacleHealth Hospitals and St. Vincent's Hospital

Lawrence 20 September 2005A sign of increasing recognition from the health care community for its distinction in performance and payback, Radianse Inc. has introduced four new installations of its active-RFID indoor positioning solution (IPS), each expected to increase efficiencies, enhance safety and reduce costs.

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Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, installed a Radianse IPS to improve equipment management and patient and staff flows across Peri-operative Services and the Cardiac Thoracic Intensive Care unit. Close to a thousand pieces of medical equipment are covered by a Radianse IPS, so wherever equipment is located, from central supply to the post anaesthesia care unit, it can be immediately found using a simple, Web-based search. That same search function can be used to locate a number of managers who wear Radianse active-RFID location tags in the first phase of staff location. When patient location is deployed later this year, the hospital plans to use Radianse single-use active-RFID tags, a wristwatch-sized device designed to maximize comfort, safety and convenience across a patient's length of stay.

PinnacleHealth Hospitals, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, installed a Radianse IPS at Harrisburg and Community Campuses, in collaboration with Radianse partner PeriOptimum. Real-time patient location, including objective time-stamps for any defined clinical event, are automatically recorded in PeriOptimum's work flow management application, improving communications among surgical staff and with patients' families, patient flow and enabling accurate measurements of significant events to identify and adapt inefficient processes.

St. Vincent's Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, a member of Ascension Health, installed a Radianse IPS in collaboration with Awarix. Radianse active-RFID location tags are assigned to inpatients and outpatients whose care plans require procedures in the Cath Lab, Radiology and Gastro-intestinal departments. The combined solution is designed to help hospitals increase capacity as it improves care.

"We needed a breadth of applications, along with a simple solution to install and expand", stated Joe Lederer, director of Peri-operative Support Systems at Yale-New Haven Hospital. "We started with equipment tracking and are using the data for a utilization study. We wanted a database that would help us improve equipment management. When we move forward with patient location we expect to make positive changes to improve patient flow."

Craig Wisman, MD, MMM, vice president of medical affairs for PinnacleHealth, calls real-time location the key to effective peri-operative work flow management. "We looked at many possible ways to enter real-time location and each had significant drawbacks, particularly when compared to a solution that is essentially hands-off from start to finish. I am a firm believer in indoor positioning. Everyone knows where each patient is and who is ready for what, and we've just begun to tap into the potential of the Radianse system."

St. Vincent's Hospital, recognized nationally for its technology initiatives, also evaluated varying approaches, according to Tim Stettheimer, the hospital's vice president and chief information officer. "We looked at all the current location technologies and chose this solution because it was able to provide the precision we needed. We have hundreds of active-RFID tags that we can assign to patients as we need, and we have the flexibility to scale the solution as necessary."

Mike Dempsey, chief technology officer of Radianse stated: "From our first installation at Massachusetts General Hospital, where so much potential for indoor positioning has been realized, to the successes of the past year at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri, the Radianse vision mirrors that of each of our customers: to make health care smarter and safer."

Radianse Inc., Lawrence, Massachusetts, provides hospitals with wireless indoor positioning solutions (IPS) that accurately locate and associate medical equipment, patients and staff. University, regional and community hospitals alike use Radianse applications for asset tracking, patient and staff location and real-time alerts to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and safety and increase satisfaction and revenues.

A Radianse IPS, which combines active-RFID tags with LAN-ready receivers and Web-based location analysis software, installs simply, expands readily and delivers a return on investment in a matter of months. The Radianse Ready partner programme provides equipment and clinical applications providers the ability to integrate identity and time-based location data. For more information on Radianse, you can read the VMW April 2005 article Mississippi Baptist Health Systems uses real-time work flow management and patient location from PeriOptimum and Radianse.


Leslie Versweyveld

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