"Radianse was so mindful of the patient care environment that they set themselves apart early", stated Penny Cooper, SOMC's Administrative Director of Worksite and Patient Safety. "We put them through the paces regardless. The technology impacts virtually every department, so we took a multi-functional approach to vendor selection. In a head-to-head competition, Radianse was the choice for every department involved - with accuracy, automation and a shared commitment to safety among the deciding factors."
SOMC originally planned to start smaller, but the response was so positive, and the potential so great, it opted to go hospital-wide right away, according to Penny Cooper. The hospital chose a mix of room- and zone-level coverage. With Radianse, room-level accuracy is typically within three feet.
"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", stated Penny Cooper. "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."
Among the early benefits that Radianse Reveal is enabling for SOMC are:
- Easier equipment management: Inspecting up to 700 pieces of equipment each month is an easier process now that devices can be located on-line.
- Improved recall management: By quickly finding devices identified by regulatory agencies as potentially unsafe, staff members complete in seconds what once took one or two hours a day.
- Better utilization of limited supply of critical devices: Responding to clinical demand for essential but limited resources, such as speciality pumps, is now faster. With limited quantities, there was a lot of "hunting and gathering" and there was a manual sign out process, which the hospital now expects to eliminate.
- Streamlined JCAHO compliance: A monthly safety inspection of beds no longer requires a staff member to spend an hour a day searching to find empty beds and query staff members when beds will be empty. Radianse Reveal automates the process and enables the high level of compliance required by JCAHO.