Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites Develop Bi-Directional RTLS-EMR Integration
Fargo, ND – April 2, 2015 – Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites, in collaboration with Epic, have released a bi-directional RTLS-EMR integration between “OneChart,” (Sanford Health’s implementation of EpicCare EMR) and the InSites RTLS-based operational intelligence platform.
This integration increases interoperability and efficiency while streamlining patient care and staff work flow. The first of many use cases this integration enables and that Sanford Health will use at their Moorhead Clinic facility, involve patient check-in and exit. During registration, information about the Sonitor Sense Real Time Location System (RTLS) tags that patients are given is entered into the EMR system, and then is automatically sent to InSites along with basic patient demographic information. At the conclusion of a visit, the patient’s badge is placed in a designated area, which automatically disassociates it from the patient’s record.
“This is all about improving the experience not only for our patients but also for our staff,” said Meghan Goldammer, Vice President of Clinic Operations at Sanford Health. “Because data now can flow both ways between these two critical systems, staff will no longer need to switch back and forth between them or enter information in two places. Fewer keystrokes for staff means less waiting time and more care time for patients.”
“We’re thrilled to deliver this important integration together with Sanford,” said Shane Waslaski, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites. “We’ve seen greater demand for increased interoperability between EMR and RTLS operational intelligence systems because it enhances the value of both through increased efficiency, context, and decision-support.”
The integration also provides the ability for patient location and duration data to automatically flow to the EMR at various stages of the patient visit. Sanford staff will use this capability as more InSites use cases come on board across the health system.
This RTLS-EMR integration is part of a long-term partnership between Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites with the goal of co-developing innovative solutions to further transform patient and staff experiences. Sanford Health’s implementation of Intelligent InSites takes in real-time location data from tags and location transmitters provided by Sonitor Technologies, and interprets it into helpful intelligence in the form of tasks and notifications, visualized locations of people and equipment, and in-depth analytics and reporting.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.
Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases.
About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites partners with healthcare systems to improve patient experience and reduce costs with its consulting services and location-based software solutions. InSites automatically captures and visualizes patient, staff, and equipment location movements and delivers actionable insight in-the-moment to streamline patient flow and improve staff efficiency and equipment utilization. With advanced analytics and process engineering services, InSites drives healthcare operational excellence.
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