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Sanford Health Opens New RTLS-enabled "Patient-Centric" Facility
The Midwest health-care provider installed a real-time location system to manage the flow of patients, personnel and assets through examination rooms and common areas, to improve the efficiency of its medical centers and boost patient satisfaction.
May 05, 2014—
Sanford Health, a nonprofit health-care system operator with locations in 126 communities throughout nine U.S. states, has opened a new "patient-centric" clinic in Moorhead, Minn. that, it says, reverses many traditions related to patient care—and it is enabling that shift with real-time location system (RTLS) technology. The new hospital features RTLS technology provided by RFID Global Solution, using Sonitor Technologies' Sonitor Sense system with ultrasound tags, emitters (location beacons) known as Sense Transmitters and software supplied by Intelligent InSites. Sanford's aim was to launch a new medical center at which patients would no longer sit in waiting rooms and examination rooms for extended periods of time, but would instead flow through the facility quickly and efficiently, with a minimum of waiting time.Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center.
The company has spent several years working with Intelligent InSites, says Doug Burgum, Intelligent InSites' chairman and interim CEO, to develop a system that would automatically collect data regarding the movements of patients, personnel and assets, in order to improve efficiency and patient satisfaction. Sanford approached Sonitor, which then contracted with RFID Global Solution to install and integrate Sonitor's hardware at the Moorhead site. RFID Global is now in the process of installing the same solution at Sanford Health's Fargo center, with the Sioux Falls site to follow, says Thomas Manzagol, RFID Global Solution's founder and COO.
The 49,000-square-foot Moorhead facility is divided into two sections: the onstage area (where patients are treated) and offstage (offices, laboratories and other areas where staff members work). In the offstage area, the center has installed a status board—a video monitor that displays data from the Intelligent InSites software indicating which patients are in which areas, as well as their status. The software resides on Sanford's own server, sharing data with the company's EPIC hospital-management system.
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