Improve Operational Efficiency with RTLS Integration
For healthcare providers, operational efficiency begins with having measurable data on patient care and staff response. A Real-Time Location System (RTLS) produces a positive impact for healthcare facilities by monitoring staff movement and rounding, with details on how much time is dedicated to each patient. In tandem with HCI’s MediaCare and exclusive line of hospital whiteboards, integration with an RTLS system benefits your patient care processes to support informed decision-making for resource allocation and financial planning.
RTLS is a powerful tool that helps to increase health system efficiency and saves valuable staff time by eliminating the need for caregivers to enter their rounding information manually into a segregated system or through time-consuming paper records. HCI integrates with the RTLS system to support this operational efficiency. With this information readily available on hospital whiteboards, points of staff congestion and high volume can be monitored and measured, and reviewed to determine how changes in system or scheduling design impact workflows. By integrating this process, clinical staff can easily collaborate on time spent with patients. Health systems can review where resources are most used and direct resources appropriately.
Next Round and Last staff visit information, with the photo, name, date and time are displayed on hospital whiteboard and patient TV devices so rounding information is immediately available to the clinical team and patient families.
Logging Patient Room Visits
With RTLS and MediaCare, staff entry and exit in patient rooms is integrated with an existing RTLS system and displayed on the Interactive Hall Whiteboard in the corridor, so it’s immediately clear when a Care Team or staff member is in the room. The Interactive Patient Whiteboard in the patient’s room reflects staff entry/exit, and rounding notes can be entered digitally on the touchscreen. A Visitor Log is established and saved locally on the hospital whiteboard for viewing by the clinical team and family members.
Monitoring Staff Movement from The Nurses’ Station
In addition, the Interactive Unit Whiteboard at the central Nurses’ Station reflects visitor restrictions and staff movement in and out of the room and provides data on how long a Care Team or facility staff member spent with the patient. With RTLS integration, administrators and clinicians can review the data to ensure that rounding was completed, even if the patient was not alert.
Once an RTLS system is integrated with the HCI digital whiteboard solution, healthcare providers have a platform to monitor the quality of care, manage human and fiscal resources, and increase patient and visitor satisfaction for higher HCAHPS scores.