As a hospital administrator, you’re in a constant state of planning and scheduling to keep things running as smoothly as possible across the hospital. Everything from managing medical inventory, through to patient monitoring and medical authentication is driving efficiencies to improve your per patient care and satisfaction. However, achieving a fine balance between implementing technology, and gaining efficiencies may be harder to achieve in reality.
Let’s take a look at just one of the ways you can invest in technology that will drive change and improve efficiencies in your hospital. RFID technology is being used in many applications across healthcare, however inventory management seems to be the winner with a third of all RFID applications centred around keeping track of medical equipment. This tracking can help plan your resource demands and prevent loss of valuable equipment.
In 2008 the federal government implemented the National Hand Hygiene Initiative, directing hospitals to conduct regular checks and report back on Hand Hygiene activities.
The main concern is that most hand hygiene compliance programs suffer from inadequate monitoring and lack of effective process control. Using RFID, hospitals can now implement an automated method of capturing hygiene activities. When coupled with motion sensors and readers the system can accurately identify the staff member, what time, and the duration spent at either the wash bays or at disinfectant dispensers. By implementing RFID solutions across areas such as patient tracking, surgical instrument tracking and most importantly hand hygiene practices, you will reduce costs whilst providing unparalleled levels of patient care.