June 13, 2013
Last week I had the opportunity to attend AAMI 2013 in Long Beach, CA, a conference put on by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Attendees regularly consist of Healthcare Technology Managers (HTMs) and BioMed Engineers. One theme throughout this conference was the merging of these roles with IT as well as the increasing importance and responsibility of these roles.
As one of the more candid speakers put it, “no longer can BioMed stay in the basement and not communicate with their C-suite,” but instead they are taking on larger responsibility and need to make recommendations to their C-suite.
A good example of an empowered BioMed department is at the Department of Veterans Affairs VISN11. Michael McDonald, with VA, hosted a session entitled “Using RTLS to Enhance Patient Care and Increase Operational Efficiency.” This RTLS implementation is not only the largest to date, but it’s spanning multiple facilities and multiple integrated technologies.
A little more about what Michael presented: VISN11 is comprised of seven VA Medical Centers and 29 operating Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) and will track over 439,000 items. Some of the goals and outcomes of the solution:
- Decreased operational costs
- Maximized equipment utilization
- Minimized lost and misplaced items
- Increased clinical efficiencies and staff productivity
- Reduced delays in patient care
A key part of that, as Michael stated, is that “it all pours into one system, Intelligent InSites, giving a single UI for reporting to the entire VISN.” One of our favorite questions came at the end when an individual was trying to wrap his head around this: “You have one front-end? For the whole VISN? With all of those different RTLS technology vendors?” Why yes, that’s absolutely right. We call it the power of the platform.
Thanks for a great show AAMI!
Steve Striegel, Marketing Team