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RTLS Implementation – Issues February 27, 2013

Posted by Russ Arnett in Basic Risks, Projects and Risks, RTLS - Hospital Application.
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As I write this I will be as always asking for your help and advice!
This RTLS Hospital system was implemented with the idea that all employees would have access – this capabilty is easily provided because access is provided via the employee portal.  But it is important to know that this vendor does not have LDAP capabilty – and questionable capability to provide.
They do provide the service to load the initial group of users (6, 000) but when asked for the script that would allow the hospital to use this script for continuing user maintenance.  Why? Because by adding – modification of users could in some way cause a major data
base failure.

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RTLS Hospital Implementation February 15, 2013

Posted by Russ Arnett in Basic Risks, Projects and Risks, RTLS - Hospital Application, Universal Risks.
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Well we have provided the complete infrastructure to support the specific RTLS equipment for full coverage of the clinical areas.  We have two slelected Pilot areas that have been completed and have proved that the system does work as needed and expected.  The critical department is the Emergency Department. They need to know exactly where critical equipment is located. The RTLS system provides the location instantly and its specific location.

Along with the Pilot areas we also had to
be sure that the service (help desk) was fully in tune and trained on what this system did and it’s basic functions. We don’t expect many if any calls from end-users because the system is very intuitive.
We will be asking the Pilot areas to approve their implementation formally early next week.

We are committed to finishing the public training this weekend to allow the weekend clinical workers access and knowledge.

Overall the project is under budget and on schedule.

Review of RTLS Implementation Goals February 3, 2013

Posted by Russ Arnett in Projects and Risks, RTLS - Hospital Application.
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Due to unparalleled accuracy, TeleTracking provided and supported RTLS can reliably  deliver a hard ROI in less than a year in hospital environments:

  • PAR Level Tracking: Set the system to automatically alert staff if the last pump is removed from a supply room, or better yet, when the next-to-last pump is removed so that your staff will never have to search for equipment. PAR level tracking requires 100% room level accuracy.
  • Rental Management: Have the confidence to reduce excessive spares by knowing the minimum number of spares during the past month.
  • Utilization Rates: Generate alerts whenever used equipment is placed into a soiled utility room, and become aware of equipment shortages before they become critical.
  • Egress/Shrinkage Prevention: Generate an alert if expensive equipment approaches a building exit, or if it comes too close to the incinerator.
  • Reducing Equipment Search Times: Never worry about missing a piece of equipment during an equipment or software recalls, and make it easy to find all equipment before the preventative maintenance interval has expired. Gone are the days of exhaustively searching every room for that one missing pump!
  • Advanced Workflow Optimization: TeleTracking RTLS solution is one that integrates to its own patented XT System that supports workflow analysis or process optimization, such as patient flow, capacity management, bed management, infection and more.

System Selection April 6, 2012

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I have been selected to manage a project to select the Enterprise RTLS (Real Time Location System) system that will be the future foundation for all equipment, staff and precious metal tracking for a very large privately owned company.  This company has already installed some processes that use three different vendors that supply application software that interfaces with “partner RTLS hardware”.  Each of these systems were selected by the departments independently without any input, direction or analysis by the Information Systems group,

In this series I will review my discoveries, initial approach, changes in direction (if any (hah)) and development of a vendor selection ranking process.

Some interesting issues to get resolved:

  • What is part that the disappearing IT department will be playing?
  • Vendor, vendor, and vendor – who is the best of the bunch for the enterprise, or is it some new vendor
  • What is the budget and who controls the strings and of course – commitment?

Well – they contracted with me so there is commitment – at least to my base requirement for a minimum of 160 hours to get this process in place.   Stay Tuned

 

 

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