University of Tennessee Medical Center tracks and manages OR supplies and improves patient charge capture with RAIN RFID
The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UT Medical Center), a 609-bed Level 1 Trauma Center, has deployed a RAIN RFID-based system from DeRoyal Industries in its Operating Rooms to automatically track supply usage in operating suites. With an intelligent trashcan integrated with the Impinj platform, the medical center is able to capture consumption data that informs usage and charge information, integrates with hospital information systems, and ultimately helps create efficiencies in supply use and patient care.
The Impinj-DeRoyal RAIN RFID solution delivers:
- Reduced staff time pulling and restocking supplies
- Increased charge capture accuracy
- Improved tracking and management of physician preference cards
- Reduced likelihood of infections
- Data driven supply management
UT Medical Center and DeRoyal began working together in 2014 initially to develop a new preference card system for use in their operating rooms. What they found was a need to not just optimize physician preference cards, but also a need to analyze supply usage, stocking levels, returns, locations and quantities. They needed a solution that would help make acuity-based decisions and accurately document usage.
Improving patient safety during procedures was also a priority. The medical center’s workflow studies found surgical staff leaving the OR for an average of 10.75 minutes per case to fetch supplies needed for OR procedures because they were not readily available in the OR. Such repeated door openings can increase the risk of surgical site infection and contribute to surgical mistakes. UT Medical Center wanted to limit the number of supply-related door openings by having needed supplies readily available, and thereby reduce the risk of surgical site infections.
DeRoyal, a medical device manufacturer committed to improving both the clinical quality and economic health of its customers, worked with UT Medical Center to create a solution that would meet the organization’s needs. The solution, an intelligent trashcan called the DeRoyal Continuum® Safe, leverages the Impinj platform to automatically capture data about supplies consumed during surgical procedures.
Reduced funds tied up in excess inventory
- Reduced time spent on manual inventory processes
- Less time and money spent rush-ordering supplies
- Fewer touches in the supply chain
- Reduced dollars spent on lost product
- Less time spent managing preference cards
- Accuracy and awareness of cost per procedure
UT Medical Center was awarded a “Most Innovative Use Case” award by the Intelligent Health Association at HIMSS in 2015 as a result of their work on this project. After beginning the Continuum Safe deployment with five ORs, UTMC is expanding to all 36 OR suites and developing other use cases managing additional supply locations leveraging DeRoyal solutions and the Impinj platform.
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