In November 2013, MaineGeneral Medical Center opened the Alfond Center for Health, a 640,000-square-foot state-of-the-art hospital in Augusta, ME. The new facility consolidates inpatient services from two aging facilities located 20 miles apart. The 192-bed hospital opened with a Real-time Locating System (RTLS) from Versus Technology, Inc. (OTC Pink: VSTI) (PINKSHEETS: VSTI), installed throughout, which drives automation and efficiency in several departments.
Like many healthcare systems in the U.S., MaineGeneral is seeking ways to become more efficient as they experience increases in patient volume brought on by the Affordable Care Act, as well as declining CMS reimbursement. Automating workflows with RTLS is part of the system's strategy to continue providing top-quality care in the face of these challenges.
Contracting with Canfield Systems, a Certified Versus System Integrator in Scarborough, Maine, MaineGeneral launched RTLS with seven different Versus applications:
- Operating Room Patient Flow
- Staff Assist
- Nurse Call Automation
- Nurse Location
- Asset Tracking
- RTLS Analytics
- Patient Wander Alerts
One of the design goals was to improve nursing workflow, according to Mark St. John, administrative director, Technology Services. "The Versus integration with Rauland R5 nurse call was a big step in the right direction. Now, nurse call alarms are cancelled and dome lights are lit automatically when nurses enter patient rooms wearing a Versus badge. That saves the nurses steps and provides better response for our patients," St. John says. "In the future we hope to take more advantage of staff locator functions and reporting on response times."
St. John also applauds Versus' capabilities in the surgical suite. "Versus has been effective as a patient locator, allowing us to automatically show patients' status as they move through the various stages involved in surgery."
To learn more about these and other uses for RTLS, explore Versus' website at versustech.com or visit Versus at one of the upcoming trade shows listed at versustech.com/events, including AAMI, CIQH and NPSF.
About MaineGeneral Health's Alfond Center for Health
MaineGeneral Health is an integrated, not-for-profit health care system which provides a wide range of services throughout central Maine's Kennebec Valley. In November 2013, MaineGeneral opened a 192-bed, state-of-the-art hospital in Augusta -- the Alfond Center for Health. Renovations to transform its Waterville Campus into a comprehensive outpatient center -- the Thayer Center for Health -- are under way with a target completion date of October 2014. The health care system also includes a regional cancer center; primary care and specialty physician practices; long term care facilities; rehabilitation; mental health and substance abuse services; home health care and hospice services; specialized care for people with memory loss; community outreach programs and retirement living options. To learn more go to mainegeneral.org.
About Canfield Systems, Inc.
Canfield Systems, Inc. has brought Educational, Health Care, Correctional and Public Address products to the Northeast since the 1940s. Canfield has remained committed to providing expertise in the design and implementation of a total communication system solution for new construction including the following systems: Nurse Call, RTLS, Clock, Public Address, Intercom, Telephone, Media Distribution, and Televisions. Canfield is also expert at implementing solutions to retrofit and/or expand. Canfield Systems, Inc. is a reliable company with combined expertise totaling over 150 years in the business. Visit Canfield on the web for more information regarding the services they provide: www.canfieldsystems.com.
About Versus Technology, Inc.
Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 700 hospitals for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VSTI.PK), our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com.
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