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By Rich Handley

Idox Health Intros RFID Asset-Management Solution for Health Care

The latest version of Idox Health's iAssets asset logistics management solution provides a 360-degree view of a hospital's equipment, the company reports, delivering timely information that enables personnel to review information regarding asset location, availability, usage frequency, patient allocation and safety. According to Idox Health, NHS trusts will benefit from an enhanced digital service that provides a holistic view of all hospital assets—from syringe pumps to beds—to help clinicians reduce clinical risk, improve patient care and boost productivity.

This can help to reduce the amount of clinical time workers spend searching for equipment (estimated by The Nursing Times to take up to 30 minutes of every shift), the company reports, while providing trusts with the insight required to maximize asset availability, reduce procurement spend and ensure compliance through a coordinated approach to asset management.

The solution's mobile bar-code trackers allow personnel to link medical devices to a location and to a patient wristband. The Scan4Safety feature on the handheld device confirms whether a device is safe to use within its planned preventative maintenance and sterilization cycle, thereby ensuring clinical safety. iAssets offers the functionality to allow staff members to gather the utilization rates of assets trust-wide, which is essential for re-procurement and capital expenditure planning and to drive savings.

Fully compliant with all seven GS1 keys, iAssets complies with the most recent mandate from the UK Department of Health and is part of the iFIT logistics management suite.

"Our previous version of iAssets was simply all about tracking of assets, whilst now the product gives a holistic solution, including the utilization and sanitization of assets," says Daphne Tabone, Idox Health's senior manager for marketing. "Our latest release of iAssets contains asset-monitoring features and is more focused on patient safety. The system complies with the Scan4Safety mandate being enforced by the NHS." According to Tabone, RFID readers are placed where customers see fit, against paths followed by assets at each site. The solution includes both fixed and handheld readers, and the company uses various models and brands according to customer requirements.

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