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By Rich Handley

Sponge System from Haldor Advanced Technologies Enhances Patient Safety at Cambridge Health Alliance

The ORLocate Sponge System, from Haldor Advanced Technologies, is enhancing patient safety and quality of care throughout Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system in Massachusetts. The ORLocate Sponge System was recently deployed at both the operating room and L&D departments at Cambridge and Everett Hospitals.

The ORLocate system allows hospitals to eliminate the risk of retained sponges and instruments. Empowered by RFID, ORLocate can both count and locate multiple surgical items in a single scan, to confirm that no surgical items have neem left behind inside a patient.

"At CHA, we continuously look for ways to improve patient safety and the quality of care through innovation," said Roger Conant, Cambridge Health Alliance's associate chief nursing officer, in a prepared statement. "Introducing Haldor's ORLocate system at our hospitals in Cambridge and Everett will greatly enhance patient safety, optimize process efficiency and reduce costs by improving surgical sponge management and identification in our procedural areas. We are committed to keeping our patients safe at CHA and this product is helping us achieve that goal."

A generic adapter facilitates integration with hospital information systems, such as EMR, operating room management, surgical scheduling and decontamination and sterilization machines. The ORLocate View server provides reporting and analytic capabilities tailored to a particular client's needs.

"CHA is a highly recognized healthcare provider in the Boston, MA, area and one of our first strategic North American customers," said Ilan Kadosh-Tamari, Haldor Advanced Technologies' CEO, in a prepared statement. "It was both a pleasure and an honor to work with such a hospital that puts patient safety as its first priority."

The ORLocate platform's holistic approach and modular architecture can be easily adopted to support hospitals' growth strategy and budget constraints. A hospital may elect to start with an adoption of the ORLocate Sponge System and then expand to SPD Management and/or intraoperative instrument tracking at a later stage.

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