Clinical inventory management in procedural areas is a complex and time-consuming responsibility. It always amazes me—and our customers—the large gap in perceived inventory value to actual inventory value. We’re talking a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars! Recently, I was talking to a customer who thought they had $1.8MM across four departments. After the initial audit, with all inventory data accurately reflected in the system, it was actually over $3MM (owned and consigned). How is a hospital supposed to manage and identify areas of improvement if inventory information is so skewed? It’s like digging in sand.
That’s why it’s rewarding to offer an automated inventory management solution, SpaceTRAX®, to our customers: allowing them to reduce cost, optimize inventory and improve patient care. Our web-based solution provides important information about on-hand inventory which is critical to understand supply spending. What is consignment inventory compared to owned? When are supplies going to expire? What are the purchasing trends? All of this reliable, real-time information is available on a single dashboard, providing visibility to make quality decisions and superior control over supply costs. We’ve seen clients with the following savings:
- 5%-15% Reduction of on-hand inventory
- 10%-30% Reduction of labor cost to track inventory
- 50%-100% Reduction in expired item costs
- 1%-5% Reduction in lost charges
- 1%-3% Increase in vendor discounts
And to take it a step further: with the integration of SpaceTRAX and other hospital systems, healthcare facilities can go beyond the management of inventory. By linking physicians, patients, and procedures with every product, hospitals can increase charge capture and improve outcomes—all through one system. For example, this data can be used to work with physicians on procedure standardization. Surgical Services managers are empowered to make informed decisions to modify procedure process and product usage to stabilize cost—all while still providing optimal care. Our clinical inventory management solution provides analytics that directly impacts budget, performance and outcomes. Now, that’s change you can measure!
We’re so excited to announce the brand new STANLEY Healthcare site is officially up and running, incorporating several significant additions and enhancements:
- Dedicated sections for hospitals and health systems, senior living communities, architects and planners and partners
- Dedicated section on customer success stories
- Mega drop-down menu to accommodate a wide variety of content and improve navigation.
- In-depth technology section that explains all our different technology offerings – from tags, badges and monitors to infrastructure and our MobileView platform.
- Consolidated resource library containing videos, datasheets, application notes, solution overviews, recorded webcasts, case studies and white papers.
- Responsive design that minimizes resizing, panning and scrolling across a wide range of devices – from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors.
- A consolidated Professional Services section which now includes a training section and class schedule.
- Customer Support section with a streamlined Self Service portal and easier navigation to online systems.
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At STANLEY Healthcare, we are fortunate to participate in a variety of industry events—they may be large or small, but all are impressive gatherings for the best and brightest in healthcare. On June 21-25, we’ll be in Nashville, TN for the 2014 Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society™ Conference, which addresses how to promote safe and effective prevention and management of wound, ostomy and continence disorders.
For us, the event represents a chance to share one of our newest solutions, Patient Safety Monitoring, a game-changing technology which targets the need to reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers.
The Mayo Clinic defines pressure ulcers as “injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin [which are] most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone.”
As wound specialists know all too well, prolonged pressure occurs when patients or residents have areas of their body pressed against a bed, chair or wheelchair for too long without appropriate repositioning. A routine turning protocol of every 2 hours is common, but this can be difficult to both enforce and document. And what about other health issues, such as individuals who are at risk of falling and those who sleep poorly?
Patient Safety Monitoring is already making a difference. We invite you to download a free case study from the STANLEY Healthcare website to learn how The Terraces of Los Gatos (CA) has substantially reduced the frequency of both resident falls from beds and the appearance of new pressure ulcers using this technology.
For more information, visit the STANLEY Healthcare website. We hope to see you in Nashville!
The Patient Flow Summit is on this week in Las Vegas, bringing together providers and vendors with an interest in improving efficiency in clinics, the ED and OR.
The stakes are certainly high. On one estimate, by Arnold Milstein and Stephen Shortell, optimizing patient flow could reduce total US healthcare spending by 4% to 5% – that’s $100B annually. It’s closing that kind of gap that motivates those attending the summit, and it will be interesting to see what comes out of the networking and brainstorming this week.
I’m convinced that RTLS is part of the mix of techniques and technologies that will help drive an efficiency revolution in healthcare. RTLS location data provides an extra dimension that extends the functionality of key hospitals systems, whether that’s the EHR, nurse call system, CMMS or in this case capacity management.
In fact, at this week’s summit there’s a very neat integration between our AreoScout RTLS solution for clinic and patient flow and Central Logic’s patient flow software. Knowing where a staff member, patient or piece of equipment is at any time has obvious benefits in managing a clinic or department.
It really is an exciting time in healthcare, in spite of all the uncertainty; or maybe because of it. If our growing network of alliances with vendors and providers is anything to go by, the pace of innovation is accelerating to meet healthcare challenges head on.
With several family and friends in the nursing profession, it’s obvious to me that they have a special combination of character traits that lend to providing compassionate care, while dealing with unique personalities and circumstances that make the rest of the world squirm. Inevitably, they are the first to respond calmly to a burn or fall accident at a family BBQ. To the ones I love: Happy National Nurses Week.
Recently, I had a personal experience with taking my daughter to the Emergency Department (ED) for the first time. She was diagnosed with a partial dislocation of the elbow joint, commonly called a Nursemaid’s elbow. It’s an injury that causes extreme, constant pain. As first time parents, we felt helpless, scared and extremely worried –our only goal was to find immediate care to take away the pain.
Once we were triaged at the ED, I looked around at the 30 people sitting in the waiting room, all I could think about was, “how long will we wait?”. With a screaming two year old, twenty minutes felt like an eternity. When they called our name, there was a wave of relief but I knew the journey wasn’t close to being over. Every step of the process, we were met and taken care of by nursing staff that worked quickly, spoke calmly and smiled softly to a very, very scared little girl (and parents!). I can’t tell you how grateful we were for that special combination of traits– the bedside manner of the nurses I’ve known never ceases to amaze me. I may not remember your name, but I remember how you made us feel.
Once the crying stopped, I had an “a-ha!” moment. On a daily basis, I work closely with the STANLEY Healthcare Clinical Operations and Workflow solutions, focusing on Patient Flow and Staff Workflow. I talk about “reduced wait times”, “improved patient satisfaction”, “enhanced staff communication” and “improved staff efficiency.” On that random sunny afternoon last month, never before were those words more real to me.
To all the dedicated healthcare professionals in the nursing field that help when we need it the most: Thank you very much! It makes me proud to be working on solutions that help and support a better working environment for you, so you can focus on what really matters, the patient. Happy National Nurses Week!
It’s National Nurses Week this week, a time to celebrate the contribution to healthcare and society made by nurses. All of us have experienced, for ourselves or for a loved one, the difference that a nurse can make. They are the face of the healthcare system, and a primary determinant of the patient experience. (I’m personally grateful for the practiced skill of nurses every time I get a flu shot!)
For STANLEY Healthcare as a vendor, Nurses Week is an opportunity to consider the impact of our solutions on nurses and other clinical users. A well designed solution that supports workflow and effective decision making not only improves the nurse experience but the patient experience as well. The reverse is equally true –if a nurse’s time is diverted to unproductive tasks due to bad technology or a bad implementation, the patient is going to suffer the consequences.
Certainly, good user interface design is an important part of the equation, but even more important is consultation with clinical users and other stakeholders during the design and implementation stage. This is vitally important for solutions like infant protection, of which nurses are the primary user, but it’s a philosophy that underpins all of our solutions.
Looking to the future, we’re very excited about the potential of RTLS technology to improve the working lives of nurses. Florida Hospital Celebration Health is leveraging its RTLS solution to track movement patterns of nurses across shifts. The results have led it to redesign workflow to remove barriers that were making nurses needlessly busy, as well as help individual nurses work more efficiently.
Our senior citizens are among our most distinguished members of society. They have raised families, managed careers and homes, and enriched the lives of those around them. As they enter senior living facilities, whether temporarily in a rehabilitation setting or longer term in a skilled nursing facility, it is our turn to carefully watch over them.
But the healthcare system is strained more than it was a few decades ago, and challenges such as falls, pressure ulcers, and poor sleep quality continue to burden residents and threaten their well-being. And the facts don’t lie. In the US:
- An average of 16.7% of patients develop pressure ulcers in Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Pressure ulcers cause $9.1 – 11.6B per year in excess health care costs
- Up to 32% of community-dwelling individuals over the age of 65 fall each year
- Poor sleep quality has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious ailments.
So, what if we could become more proactive in caring for our residents? What if we were empowered with discrete tools to watch over them even while they sleep, to better anticipate care needs? Technology has the power, and the healthcare industry has the opportunity to put it to work to both improve care for our aging residents and ease the burden on caregivers.
STANLEY Healthcare is proud to offer just this type of solution. Our Patient Safety Monitoring solution improves both safety and individual care planning for long-term care residents and patients by capturing:
- Position changes
- Bed exit
- Sleep patterns
- Vital sign trends
Not only does Patient Safety Monitoring empower staff to more effectively monitor residents, but it ensures care with dignity with completely touch-free monitoring. We invite you to learn more today!
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It might seem a little strange to reduce to a single word an event the size of HIMSS, with its 38,000 attendees, hundreds of education sessions, 1200 exhibitors, 53,000 tweets, etc. But I think there’s a case to be made that HIMSS14 showed that healthcare is on the cusp of a Transparency revolution.
In their different ways, many speakers at HIMSS touched on this. The word isn’t mine. It was a key theme of Dr. Martin Makary, one of the presenters in the Views from the Top education sessions. The aim of his advocacy is to eliminate variation in procedures for the same condition that produce radically different outcomes – all because of a lack of transparency, with patients unaware of their options and even medical professionals facing barriers to accessing information that would help them perform better.
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini talked about how we have a fractured healthcare system designed in the 1940s that is wasteful and difficult for patients to navigate. He stressed the need to make healthcare simpler and more transparent, with providers and payers fully aligned.
John Hoyt of HIMSS Analytics made similar points introducing the new HIMSS Continuity of Care Maturity Model. HIMSS expects providers to look beyond an individual practice, hospital or even IDN to see the health needs of the entire community. Stage 7 of the new model demands interconnected health delivery with dynamic engagement across multiple providers and vendors.
Slowly but surely, the barriers to transparency are starting to come down, aided by technology but also by a change in mindset. At the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion, Florida Hospital Celebration Health discussed how it has leveraged its RTLS staff flow solution to develop “spaghetti maps” that trace the movement of nurses during a shift. Patterns that could not be seen before are now visible, helping each nurse to work better.
Business intelligence and visual analytics of this kind have real potential to transform healthcare. These are first steps, but the Transparency revolution is definitely underway.
To see healthcare transformation firsthand, plan to visit the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion at HIMSS14 in Orlando. With one stop at the Pavilion, you can check out advanced clinical devices and interconnectivity technology – from auto-ID, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless to point-of-care information delivery and communications devices. Together, these devices, systems and supporting technologies are helping healthcare organizations tackle many of the issues that affect workflow and ultimately, patient care and safety.
Through its AeroScout solutions, STANLEY Healthcare has been part of the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion since its inception in 2011. Over the years, we’ve been energized by the growth of the Pavilion—and the evolving collaboration among healthcare professionals and vendor sponsors.
This year’s pavilion spans some 26,000 square feet, including a catwalk overhead for self-guided tours and a new home health/senior living environment. The Pavilion will also feature some of the hospitals nominated for the Intelligent Hospital Awards (this year’s awards attracted a record number of nominations!). STANLEY Healthcare is proud to showcase our visibility solutions and analytics in seven of the eight Intelligent Hospital rooms, as well as on the Wall of Knowledge, which demonstrates notification and business intelligence technologies.
To be sure, the innovative technology is impressive. But what’s equally compelling is how it all comes together: through behind-the-scenes partnerships among tech and industry leaders. Each year, the Pavilion provides an invaluable chance for competitors to sit across the table from each other to join forces on industry change. Typically, most companies would be cautious in sharing technology insights or new advancements in solution development. But during strategic planning for the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion, those barriers temporarily dissolve. We become one team—collaborating, integrating, pioneering—to share the story, the vision, of how technology can change and is changing healthcare today.
If you are attending HIMSS, I strongly encourage you to stop by the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion (Booth # 8265) to see, learn and explore the technologies impacting healthcare today.
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference is always an important event for STANLEY Healthcare, and this year is no exception. We’re really excited about what’s in store in Orlando!
There’s a lot to see at HIMSS, but following right on the heels of our KLAS RTLS Category Leader award, here’s our guide of “not to miss” items for those focused on Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) and other advanced visibility solutions… with a bit of fun thrown in!
HIMSS14 Exhibit Floor
Join STANLEY Healthcare at booth 6947 to learn more about our innovative solutions and how we are enabling our customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in 5 key areas:
- Patient Safety
- Security & Protection
- Environmental Monitoring
- Clinical Operations & Workflow
- Supply Chain & Asset Management
Attendees will also have the opportunity to pre-book a meeting with any of our resident experts. Click here to pre-book a meeting.
Also at the booth will be the STANLEY No. 9 Ford Fusion car! Come by the booth and see not just our award-winning solutions, but an award-winning stock car!
2014 Exhibit Hall Hours
Monday, February 24
- 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, February 25
- 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 26
- 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM
Hall E, Booth 8265
Open throughout show hours
The Intelligent Hospital Pavilion is a showcase of emerging technologies in healthcare to improve workflow, communications and delivery of patient care. The Pavilion consists of several care environments – OR, ICU, ED, L&D, Cath Lab, etc. – in which advanced clinical devices are linked to point-of-care information and communications devices via key bridge technologies: auto-ID, RFID, RTLS, sensors, wireless, etc. STANLEY Healthcare will have multiple use cases on display throughout the IHP, as well as the following presentations:
Speakers: Ashley Simmons, Director of Performance Improvement and Patricia Toor, R.N., B.A., M.S.N, Chief Nursing Officer, Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Speaker: Diane Hosson, Director, Security Solutions, STANLEY Healthcare
Speaker: Joel Cook, Director, Healthcare Solutions, STANLEY Healthcare
Sunday, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Hilton Orlando
This pre-HIMSS symposium sponsored by the Intelligent Hospital consortium will review NFC, RFID, RTLS, Sensors & Wireless technologies, with case study presentations from a number of hospitals of results achieved with these technologies. We’re proud that STANLEY Healthcare customer Yale-New Haven Health will have a significant role:
Using RTLS, Business Intelligence and Integrations to Improve Asset Management
Speaker: Chris Gutmann, Director, Clinical Engineering, Yale-New Haven Health
Leading up to HIMSS14, STANLEY Healthcare will be giving away 2 tickets to the stock car race in Daytona! Here’s how you can win:
If you’re attending HIMSS14, follow @StanleyHealth on Twitter. Between now and February 21st, there will be tweets pushed out on the handle, with the #RT2Win hashtag. To enter is simple – just retweet the tweets that contain the #RT2Win hashtag for your chance to win! Read the contest rules.
During HIMSS, attendees will have a chance to take a picture with the STANLEY No. 9 Ford Fusion car at our booth (Booth 6947). To make things fun, STANLEY Healthcare will be holding a photo contest, and three lucky winners will receive a $200 Amazon gift card!
To enter, all you have to do is take a photo of yourself with the STANLEY No. 9 Ford Fusion car at HIMSS, with the STANLEY logo within the frame, and tweet the picture to @STANLEYHealth or post it on the STANLEY Healthcare Facebook page. One winner will be selected each day between Monday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 26 to receive a $200 Amazon gift card – send us your pictures everyday to increase your chances of winning! Read the contest rules.
We look forward to seeing you at HIMSS14!
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