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By Beth Bacheldor

Genesis Health System Implements RFID-enabled Nurse-Call System

Critical Alert Systems, a provider of nurse-call solutions for hospitals and health systems, has announced that Genesis Health System has implemented the Critical Alert Nurse Call solution at four hospitals as part of its continuing efforts to improve HCAHPS scores—a national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care—as well as clinical staff productivity and operational efficiency. The Critical Alert Nurse Call is integrated with Stanley Healthcare's AeroScout real-time location system (RTLS) platform, which Genesis Health System previously installed.

Genesis Health System serves the Quad City region of Iowa and Illinois, and comprises six hospitals, 35 Genesis Health Group sites, 15 physical rehabilitation clinics and multiple outpatient service centers. The health-care group has been using the AeroScout RTLS in its operations since as far back as 2008 (see Genesis Health System Uses RFID to Drill Deeper).

Through Critical Alert's native integration with the asset-management and staff-workflow solutions of the AeroScout platform, Genesis Health System is able to gain automated data capture, analysis and reporting of staff locations, activities, and responses to alerts and patient requests. Stanley Healthcare's RTLS technology leverages Wi-Fi networks to provide real-time updates regarding the statuses and locations of patients, caregivers and equipment throughout the hospital. The AeroScout RTLS solution utilizes battery-powered RFID tags that transmit unique ID numbers via the Wi-Fi protocol.

Some of the key benefits for Genesis Health System include a feature that can automatically cancel call alerts when nurses with proper credentials enter a patient's room, thereby eliminating the need to manually press buttons on staff stations; end-to-end visibility of patient experience, caregiver mobility and clinical workflow; and detailed reporting that shows the effectiveness of rounding procedures, allowing for effective process improvements to proactively address patient's needs. In addition, the companies report, the system enables nurses to focus more on patient care instead of numerous gadgets, thus creating a better perception of care with patients. Critical Alert's Workflow Dashboard integrates information from diverse systems and devices, and displays it on a single unified console, providing reporting and analysis for bed-level presence of the clinical staff and rounding compliance across all departments and facilities. According to the companies, this enables streamlined clinical communications between patients and personnel, softens the impact of clinical interruptions, and enables a more robust workflow reporting and optimization capability. 

Critical Alert has integrated its software with clinical communications devices, smartphones, RTLS technology and other third-party alarms, virtually eliminating the need for middleware and all of its associated hardware, software and maintenance requirements, according to Critical Alert and Stanley Healthcare. Critical Alert provides native integrations with wireless clinical communications devices from Vocera, Cisco, PatientSafe, Mobile Heartbeat, Spectralink and Voalte.

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