Orillia Soldiers’ deploys real-time location tech
June 8, 2022
ORILLIA, Ont. – In a continuous effort to reduce wait times, help improve patient experience, and support healthcare providers, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is implementing the first GE Healthcare Real Time Location System (RTLS) in Canada.
Called Encompass, the equipment tracking system uses web-based and cloud-deployed technology to enable OSMH staff to locate and access the equipment they need. Healthcare assets are tagged with a Bluetooth Low Energy tracking beacon. Easier, faster access to equipment has the combined effect of improving patient experience and lowering equipment-related stresses for clinicians.
Beyond helping to create more time for clinicians to focus on patient care, the system also helps extend the service life of equipment by improving the efficiency of corrective and preventative maintenance.
Designed to be used seamlessly with smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers, Encompass also provides real time data wherever the clinician is within the hospital – whether it be at a patient’s bedside or at a nurse’s station.
“Increasing the quality time that care providers can spend with patients at the bedside, by reducing the time spent searching for the tools and materials they need to do their job, is an opportunity for improvement we couldn’t afford to pass up,” said Carmine Stumpo (pictured), president & CEO, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.
Many Ontario hospitals lack a standard asset management process, resulting in operational inefficiencies. To combat this issue OSMH entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare to develop an inventory management system tailored to its needs. Encompass is currently in use at hundreds of healthcare facilities in the United States and improved patient experience and staff satisfaction are well documented.
“Canadian hospitals are stretched to capacity and management teams are seeking technologies that streamline efficiencies while utilizing existing resources,” said Brian McWilliams, GM commercial, Canada, GE Healthcare Service. “Encompass provides immediate, tangible support to staff and can offer economic benefits by optimizing the use of assets and providing better visibility of overall resources.”
OSMH and GE Healthcare have been collaborating for over 40 years and this service expansion is the latest of many evolutive technologies and services aimed at advancing the ability of OSMH clinicians to provide the best possible healthcare environment.
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