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How Does Your Hospital Rate?

The Leapfrog Group of Washington, D.C. has released its Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. So, how do the hospitals in your state rank?  And what’s more…how can hospitals improve their rankings on lists like these?

Nearly a third of the 2,500 general acute care hospitals surveyed earned an “A.”  Where many of this year’s “A” recipients have previously had “D” or “F” ratings on prior lists, the results indicate a positive trend toward improvements.  According to the the Leapfrog Group, theirs is the only list focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Collectively, these issues represent the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Measuring Healthcare Providers

Of course there are many such lists and rankings available for variety of healthcare providers. Most working in the healthcare industry are familiar with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings.  The CMS website allows you to quickly and easily compare overall hospital quality star rating for hospitals near your zip code. And Becker’s Hospital Review publishes an annual list of “100 great hospitals in America.” All of these lists take into account a wide variety of criteria and statistics.  Some factors may be reported directly by the hospitals themselves via survey responses.  Other are gleaned indirectly via regulatory reporting requirements.

Improve Hospital Ranking with Increased Safety and Better Efficiency

At the end of the day, anything that hospitals can do to reduce errors, improve efficiency, and increase patient satisfaction can only help improve their ranking.  Improvements are achieved via many different methods. Hospitals may start the process by focusing on a specific department or unit. Using technology or systems to help manage things is one way to target improvements.  For example, installation of a real-time location (RTLS) solution in the emergency department can help staff better manage workflow.  RTLS could also significantly reduce or eliminate time wasted searching for critical equipment. The addition of an infant protection system in the labor and delivery unit ensures each and every baby is safe and secure anywhere within the unit.  Still other hospitals may choose to enact policy or procedural changes to drive increased safety across the entire hospital system.

No matter how they approach it, hospitals must understand the importance and impact of these rankings.  They must also be continuously working to improve their scores. As patients become increasingly involved in their own healthcare decisions, they will seek out the best value care.  Improving rankings could increase a hospital’s ability to attract patients and earn referrals.

So….what is your facility doing to help improve its ratings on these various lists and surveys of providers? Contact Secure Care Products today and let us demonstrate how our solutions can help drive improved safety and efficiency at your hospital.

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Asset Management – RTLS – Case Study

Like many hospitals and businesses, controlling costs while maintaining and improving quality of care can be a challenge. What if you had an asset management tool that enabled you to quickly locate, track, monitor and respond in real time to fluctuations of equipment allocation? What if you had the ability to “right size your inventory” based on actual real time demands? What if you could quickly and easily locate the assets you need right when you need them?  The next generation in Real Time Locating Solutions (RTLS) from Secure Care Products, LLC, is called ENVisionIT®. This solution enables you to gain such capabilities and so much more.

Gateway Regional Medical Center of Granite City, IL is a progressive hospital located just outside of St. Louis, MO.  They are proud to be using the “next generation” approach in providing cost effective and quality medical care to its patients and staff. Gateway Regional Medical Center is committed to providing cost effective care in the most innovative way possible.

In keeping with its progressive nature, Gateway Regional Medical Center chose Secure Care Products to install its ENVisionIT RTLS system in their emergency department (ED) to manage certain assets and right-size inventory.

Upon installation, ENVisionIT quickly accomplished five key goals:

  1. Provided an easy-to-view floor plan-based interface showing the real time location of all costly assets in the ED to within +/- one foot of accuracy.
  2. Controlled asset shrinkage through the use of asset tags on equipment.  This enabled easy locating on the floor plan, and also managed doors leading in and out of the ED unit by alarming or locking them depending on the asset type and location.
  3. Enabled dramatic improvements in staff time efficiency by eliminating wasted time spent searching for assets. Staff efficiency improvements ranged from 10-20% per shift.  Such improvements allowed resources to better utilize their time on other more critical tasks.
  4. Inventory right-sized for all assets in the ED.  Eliminated waste tied up in assets that were not needed for use in the ED and making them available where they were needed elsewhere in the hospital. Eliminating costs associated with having to purchase more equipment, and avoiding the costs associated with maintenance and calibration of additional equipment that isn’t truly needed.
  5. Cost savings realized due to the above demonstrated a return on investment in less than one year.  This is due in large part to the reduced amount of hardware required to deploy the ENVisionIT product and the reduced installation costs.

Matt Blevins, Chief Operating Officer sees the use of ENVisionIT at Gateway Regional Medical Center as an invaluable business tool in reducing operating costs on both upon installation and on an annual basis.  It optimizes the use of resources which improves patient care. According to Matt Blevins, “The team at Gateway Regional Medical Center is always looking for ‘next generation’ technology to provide an ever-increasing level of care for their patients. We see the ENVisionIT Real Time Locating Solution from Secure Care Products as yet another example of technology helping with patient care at Gateway Regional Medical Center.”

Find out how the ENVisionIT® Real Time Locating System can improve your facility!
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