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Writing about healthcare, technology, operational performance, and enterprise-wide success.  Great insights with a pinch of humor (our blog posts are not yet reviewed by our legal team, but nor can we guarantee that you’ll agree with our sense of humor).

Nov 24

Three Top Recommendations for RTLS Success

Joanna Wyganowska, PMP, Director of Marketing

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Nov. 24, 2014

Scott Harlow, the former RTLS Manager of Environmental Services for the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System, spoke on best practices for RTLS systems at the InSites Build 2014 conference. Currently, UVA is using Intelligent InSites’ solution for Asset Management and Business Intelligence.

Coming from an administrative view, he lists the three top recommendations for RTLS success:
1. Hire the System Administrator before the system is installed
2. Develop the training plans for staff early in the process
3. Come to an agreement on RTLS system maintenance cycles

Watch this video to hear more about UVA’s best practices for RTLS implementation.

Nov 21

Join us for our Webinar on How to Optimize Asset Management Processes with RTLS Solution

Joanna Wyganowska, PMP, Director of Marketing

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Nov. 21, 2014

Join us for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, December 3, at 12:00pm-1:00pm CT.

During the webinar you will see how an RTLS-enabled asset management solution can help your hospital to better manage medical assets. Learn how to leverage PAR notifications to optimize your equipment levels so demand is met and unnecessary rentals are eliminated. During this webinar you will also discover how to conduct detailed analysis of equipment usage, helping you with effective equipment reallocation resulting in decreased capital purchases.

This is a free event, so don’t wait – register today: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/358206554

In case you are unable to participate due to scheduling issues, please go ahead and register anyway. This will enable us to send you a follow-up email with a link to the webinar recording after the event.

Nov 18

Interoperability – a Key in Leveraging Technology

Shane Waslaski, President and CEO

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Nov. 18, 2014

Recently, I attended the Becker’s Hospital Review CIO Strategy Roundtable held in Chicago where hospital CIOs and CEOs from across the country gathered to discuss pressing issues in the healthcare industry and to share successes with regard to health information technology (HIT). Among the many discussions, I noted wide agreement at roundtable sessions regarding the importance of the following:

1. Interoperability between HIT systems to fully leverage technology investments.

2. Purposeful data intelligence to make use of “transactional information” from technology

3. The use of automation and workflow to extract efficiency and improve the bottom line compared to the old world which often solved problems by adding more square footage.

4. Population health and the rise of Accountable Care Organizations are well underway and driving the need for powerful data analysis and business intelligence to assure financial success.

We are in the early stages of moving to a post-EMR world. As this is occurring, healthcare leaders are anxious to adopt business intelligence to move beyond anecdotal decision making with unrefined data.

Shane Waslaski
President and CEO of Intelligent InSites

Nov 11

Our Gratitude to Our Nation’s Veterans

Lou Wetzel, Talent Acquisition Manager

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Nov. 11, 2014

On this Veterans Day, we would like to extend our gratitude to our Nation’s Veterans. We deeply appreciate all you have done and are doing to ensure the peace and freedom of our great nation.

As a Veteran myself, I feel honored to serve Veterans by enabling our government customers to provide better care for their patients that have served military service.

On behalf of our entire team at Intelligent InSites – thank you. God Bless America!

Lou Wetzel, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.)

Oct 30

The Evolution of Monitoring Hand Hygiene Compliance

Dr. Eric Novack, Senior Medical Advisor at Intelligent InSites

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Oct. 30, 2014

In the history of medicine, almost nothing has made a bigger impact on improving patient health and improving hospital safety than the simple act of washing hands.

As someone who spends a great deal of my time going in and out of the hospital, and in and out of patient rooms – we all think we do a really good job with hand hygiene, but in reality, I don’t think we are quite as effective as we think.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of alcohol hand dispensers around the hospital, but things happen – physicians and nurses get paged or called into another patient’s room, there is yet another urgent matter that needs our immediate attention. In this environment it doesn’t take much to potentially put patients, staff, and families at risk.

So how can we actually know how well we are doing with hand hygiene compliance?

Often times facilities will ask staff members to watch other employees, but that is neither sustainable nor generally effective. Most individuals, if they know they are being watched, will ultimately change their behavior, which is known as Hawthorne effect. This makes it difficult to know if these changes will continue once the observation period has ended and develop into positive behavioral patterns.

There is also another approach – giving patients a manual survey where they can check a box to indicate if medical staff interacting with them actually sanitized or washed their hands. Again, it can be useful for certain pieces of information, but there is most likely significant accuracy issues. Many patients – particularly older patients with cognitive problems, patients with significant pain, or patients who have family members talking to them in the room – may not see that a nurse or a doctor washed their hands and might document that incorrectly. Of course with different retrospective biases, opposite problems can occur as well.

Therefore, the question is: ‘What’s possible today when it comes to monitoring hand hygiene compliance?’

With the solutions powered by real-time location systems (RTLS) and other sensing technologies, healthcare organizations can now have a business intelligence dashboard that provides a real-time visualization of who is compliant, the percentage of time they were in compliance, and where the compliance varies.

With such a level of data granularity, there is potential of resistance. Some individuals might feel that this is going to turn into yet another way for hospital administration to penalize nurses and other staff, to bear down further on their physicians, and come up with reasons to make their life harder.

However, the reality is that by using automated hand hygiene monitoring technology, administrators will know where they truly stand and step back and look at the processes in an intelligent and accurate way. The data can, for example, bring our attention to a particular hospital room with a low compliance rate. It might turn out that a reason behind it is simply because the alcohol dispenser or sink was placed inconveniently – causing difficulty for healthcare workers to follow the hand hygiene protocols.

Ultimately, technology can lead to very simple solutions to improve the ability for healthcare workers to take care of patients safely and create the best healing environment possible.

Oct 24

We Are One of the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Shane Waslaski, President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

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Oct. 24, 2014

We are thrilled to be named #10 among the top ranked 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2014, by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Just as the healthcare providers we serve are driven to heal people, we are driven to heal the healthcare industry. It is our passion, courage and perseverance that draws us to this industry’s challenges – toward breakthrough innovations to realize safe, efficient healthcare operations and to deliver the highest staff and patient satisfaction for our customers. It is our commitment to this purpose that makes Intelligent InSites a great place to work and we are humbled to receive this top honor in the industry.

If you would like to get a glimpse of what makes our company an outstanding place to work, please read this article, published by Modern Healthcare: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20141024/SUPPLEMENT/310249992/intelligent-insites-10-in-the-2014-best-places-to-work-in-healthcare

I would also encourage you to visit our career website to see all the opportunities to join InSites https://careers-intelligentinsites.icims.com/

I have tremendous gratitude for the trust of our customers and the opportunity to transform this industry. Congratulations Team, this is the collective achievement of our daily focus and efforts to be a top place to work.

Deepest regards,

Shane Waslaski
President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

Oct 17

Join us for a Webinar: Preparedness for Pandemic Disease Through Operational Intelligence

Shelly Schulz, RN, Manager of Learning and Development

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Join our webinar on October 22nd at 11:00am CT to hear how you can better prepare for and respond to a pandemic disease through Operational Intelligence. You will hear several examples of how Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) –coupled with Business Intelligence and reporting– can support healthcare organizations in better risk management.

Discussed use cases will include:

1. Utilizing proximity and duration reporting in infection control
2. Monitoring hand-hygiene compliance
3. Automating temperature checks for refrigeration of medications, vaccines, blood, and other high value items
4. Other applications which leverage real-time information about the encounters between patients, staff, and equipment.

Register Now: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/626337242

Speakers:
Dr. Eric Novack, Senior Medical Advisor, Intelligent InSites
Shane Waslaski, President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

If you are interested in this topic, but unable to participate due to scheduling issues, please go ahead and register, which will enable us to send you a follow-up email with a link to the webinar recording.

Oct 09

Perfecting the Patient Process

Joanna Wyganowska, PMP, Director of Marketing

October 9, 2014

At the InSites Build 2014 conference, Jeff Hoss, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Sanford Health, shared his insights on how the Sanford Moorhead Clinic is using an RTLS solution, provided by Intelligent InSites and Sonitor, to improve patient processes in the ambulatory setting.

Watch this 9 minutes video to hear Sanford’s RTLS journey.

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As Jeff Hoss points out in this presentation, “Our use of tags is to help us predict workflow. It’s to help add control in an area of variation. It’s to let people know when the next patient is in the room. It’s not guess work, it’s preparation. It helps us create leading indicators that help predict what patient satisfaction is going to be at the end of the month, based on things like wait time.”

He goes further by explaining how they were able to avoid “the big brother watching” attitude towards the RTLS solution. Hoss stated, “I think it was based upon learning how to reframe. When you’re making a big change like this, it’s trying to identify what is the real value that a nurse will get, that a doctor will get, that a patient will get, what’s better for them? Not the fact that we are going to monitor, because frankly, we don’t monitor. We look at patient milestones; we look at registration time, rooming time, a doctor time, a discharge time. Those are the things we are trying to improve here. And we designed our entire building around flow.”

We are very honored to be a partner in Sanford Health’s journey to perfecting the patient process.

Oct 04

Using RTLS Technology to Minimize the Risk of Ebola Exposure

Shane Waslaski, President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

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October 3, 2014

The news about a patient diagnosed with Ebola and the potential for exposure to patients and hospital personnel can make any healthcare leader anxious. And it should.

Fortunately, advancements in technology – such as Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) – can support healthcare providers with rapid and effective containment of communicable diseases.

The Intelligent InSites platform specifically has a use case application designed to provide proximity and duration reporting in infection control situations such as this. For example, when a patient is positively tested for a virus, such as Ebola, staff can instantly generate a report identifying everywhere that patient has been in the hospital, as well as all patients, staff, and equipment that were in the same location at the same time and for what duration they were in contact.

Staff can use that information to initiate the disease control protocols established by the hospital, screening exposed personnel or patients, and the provision of antiviral treatment.

The InSites system also provides reports that help risk management personnel analyze infection patterns and assist with compiling data requested by government agencies, such as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  This not only protects patients and hospital employees, but it also increases the safety of the entire community.

Sincerely,
Shane Waslaski
President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

Sep 25

Thank you for joining us at InSites Build 2014

Shane Waslaski, President and CEO, Intelligent InSites

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September 25, 2014

On behalf of our entire team at Intelligent InSites, I sincerely thank you for joining us at InSites Build 2014. Thank you for sharing your insights and for becoming a part of our InSites family.

As we would like to continue a dialog about transforming healthcare, please join our InSites Build group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/InSites-Build-6544247. Please use this forum to share your best practices, progress on improvement initiatives, and to ask for advice or assistance.

We look forward to InSites Build 2015 – September 28-30, 2015 in Fargo, ND and we hope you are as energized as we are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voOUKygadxY

Together we can transform the healthcare!