Asset Tracking Case Study: King Hamad University Hospital

May 14, 2013 Impinj
Kimng Hamad University Hospital Case Study

 

King Hamad University Hospital is a technologically advanced hospital located in Bahrain. The hospital needed an automated solution that could enable a number of operational functions while integrating seamlessly with the existing ERP system.

The RFID solution delivers:

  • Improved safety of newborn babies
  • Reduced costs from fewer overstocked items
  • Increased inventory visibility
  • Decreased theft of assets

Challenge

King Hamad University Hospital was established as part of a medical strategy to create an advanced hospital in Bahrain utilizing the most sophisticated information systems. The hospital sought a fully automated solution to assist in the management of the vast array of equipment in the hospital, ensuring that KHUH could meet demanding Joint Commission International (JCI) standards. The chosen systems also needed to interoperate and be able to fully integrate into the hospitals enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

KHUH looked to Azimuth, a Bahrain-based systems integrator working across the Middle East in the healthcare and military sectors, to meet their needs. Azimuth’s integrated healthcare systems architecture combines passive RFID and real-time locating system (RTLS) technologies to create a single information system that is able to seamlessly track patients, staff and hospital assets.

When installing infrastructure throughout KHUH, Azimuth needed to consider the design, durability and cleansability of the products. Azimuth chose to use Impinj Speedway xPortal readers because they are the highest performing portal reader on the market and their design allows them to conform to the hospital’s infection control policy.

How It Works

At the KHUH facility, some large items and mobile pharmaceutical carts are tagged with passive UHF RFID tags. Impinj Speedway xPortal readers are deployed throughout the hospital above doorways and elevators to monitor the assets. The readers gather information about the movement of items and carts and transmit that information to Azimuth’s Symphony software. The software parses the data and monitors rules which impose restrictions on certain assets. Symphony alerts relevant staff members if a rule is broken or if a pharmaceutical cart follows an unexpected route.

In the maternity ward, newborn babies and mothers are given wristbands with passive UHF RFID tags. Impinj Speedway xPortal readers consistently monitor all hospital exits toensure the safety of newborns. Impinj Speedway GPIO boxes provide additional capability to the readers. If a reader detects an infant’s RFID tag, the GPIO box will output a signal to lock the door and initiate an alarm and flashing light. However, if the xPortal reader registers the tag of the infant’s mother in the read field, the outputs are negated. At the same time, if a maternity ward nurse’s RTLS tag is picked up by an RTLS reader also positioned above the door, the GPIO box is configured to negate the alert.

To ensure medications and equipment arrive safely at the hospital from the KHUH warehouse, pallets of goods are tagged with passive UHF RFID chips. Dock doors at both the warehouse and the hospital are equipped with xPortal readers, registering each pallet as it leaves the warehouse and arrives at the hospital. Management is alerted if the goods do not arrive at KHUH in a predetermined amount of time.

Benefits

Azimuth’s solution and RFID technology from Impinj are bringing increased staff efficiencies, security and cost savings to KHUH, though the impact of the system cannot be precisely measured since KHUH is a new hospital.

The system’s ability to track hospital assets provides automated and auditable methods of inventory management. This makes items easier to find and ensures that needed items are available in the right location at all times. KHUH is able to reduce their costs because the technology decreases the need to over- provision for key assets. Additionally, with the rules built in to the Symphony software, the technology adds a layer of security to assets, helping to ensure items are not stolen or improperly moved around the facility.

RFID technology provides centralized monitoring and alerting in the maternity ward. These capabilities improve the security of newborn babies, bringing comfort and peace of mind to mothers.

King Hamad University Hospital

Recognized as the most technologically advanced hospital in the Middle East, King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) is a state-of-the-art medical and educational facility that opened in Bahrain in 2012. The hospital features centers for trauma, organ transplants and medical staff training. The facility is 66,000 square meters with a capacity of 331 beds.

KHUH was awarded ‘Healthcare Deployment of the Year’ in the 2012 ICT Achievement Awards for its innovation and leadership in the use of cutting edge technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care in the hospital.

In Collaboration with:

Azimuth

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