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Grace Medical Center Uses ZulaFly RTLS to Prevent Food, Medication Loss

The system, which utilizes CenTrak sensors and access points to capture temperature readings within each of 18 coolers, has already prevented the spoilage of $15,000 worth of food in a walk-in refrigerator since its installation in August.
By Claire Swedberg

During one incident when the walk-in refrigerator had become too warm, the system sent an alert to staff members, who were then able to correct the problem before the entire stock of food, worth $15,000, was lost. In that one event, Winn says, the system paid for itself.

While ZulaFly is focused on the health-care sector, Andersen says, it offers an RTLS solution for the general market as well. "We have developed a non-industry-specific product," she states. "It's important to us to provide a software solution that's not confined to one niche." The company offers software and the installation of RTLS technology, either for purchase or for lease, in the form of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. According to Andersen, ZulaFly can provide an app for users who would like to access data or receive alerts on their mobile devices.

Grace Health System's Christopher Winn
For Grace Medical Center, the next step is to consider installing the technology within the remainder of its coolers, such as food refrigerators on patient floors. The hospital may opt to deploy tags to monitor assets and hand-hygiene compliance as well, Winn adds. Intravenous (IV) and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps tend to end up missing, he says—typically because staff members hoard them. In some cases, replacement items need to be rented because they must be on hand when required. With RTLS technology tracking those assets, however, such rentals may become unnecessary. The biomed department, Winn says, would not need to have employees spend as much time walking the hospital's halls searching for equipment to inspect or clean.

For hand-hygiene compliance, Winn notes, the hospital could provide CenTrak badges to personnel, with readers installed above sanitation dispensers to track how often those individuals wash their hands. The readers could also track whether employees use those dispensers at the beginning and end of each patient exam.

Grace Medical Center pays for the system using an SaaS model, which reduces the initial expenditure that would be required if it had purchased the hardware and software outright. This, says Adam Peck, CenTrak's senior director of marketing, "demonstrates a subscription approach to temperature monitoring with a cloud-based UI [user interface] for easy scalability and expansion."

USER COMMENTS

Brian Ray 2016-12-20 03:36:58 PM
The combination of RFID data systems with Bluetooth or other sensor technologies is an easy win for providers investing in RFID. www.AirFinder.com is an example of a system that works with generic Bluetooth technologies.

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