Reliability, Cost Effectiveness Make RadarFind the Tracking System Choice for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Thursday, December 6, 2007
CAMDEN, N.J. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (November 27, 2007) – Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Southern New Jersey's premier regional tertiary care teaching medical center, recently chose the RadarFind Real Time Location System (RTLS) to boost its efforts to enhance patient care, reign in costs and improve infection control throughout the hospital. Our Lady of Lourdes is part of Catholic Health East, one of the nation's largest not for profit health systems.
The simplicity of RadarFind's installation, its ease of use and its ability to provide real-time status information about medical equipment throughout an entire hospital made this asset and patient tracking solution stand out from competitors, hospital officials said.
"This system will enable us to manage our equipment and monitor patient throughput more effectively and efficiently, benefiting patient care and hospital operations," said Alexander Hatala, president and CEO of Lourdes Health System. "It became quickly evident that the design of RadarFind's solution was guided by doctors and former hospital administrators who clearly understand the dynamics of hospital operations."
RadarFind also is more affordable to install than other systems, allowing hospitals to see a rapid return on investment. For example, less than a year after installing the RadarFind system, Wayne Memorial Hospital, a 316-bed facility in Goldsboro, N.C. was able to reduce equipment purchases by more than $300,000.
The Simplest Solution is the Best Solution
"RadarFind did their homework by spending considerable time actually listening to potential hospital customers and performing test trials encompassing entire hospitals--not just clinical zones," said Louis Bianchin, senior analyst from Venture Development Corporation. "Rather than using technology intended for wireless data transmission to capture location information, RadarFind elected to develop their RTLS platform with more cost-effective hardware and better accuracy. Sophisticated antenna-based technology and system components that plug into almost any AC outlet result in a simple solution that most hospitals can afford."
RadarFind's unique platform technology overcomes the limitations associated with typical RFID and WiFi solutions. Designed to seamlessly integrate with existing hospital infrastructure and operations, RadarFind requires no new wiring or ceiling and wall penetration. And unlike many other systems, RadarFind operates independently of a hospital's critical IT network.
The RadarFind system can provide room-level accuracy with no need for ongoing calibration. Readers that plug into existing electrical outlets avoid interfering with hospital operations and staff processes since there is no need to close off patient rooms during installation. Moreover, the intuitive software is simple to use and easily accommodates hospital staff skill levels.
Actionable Intelligence: The RadarFind Edge
Where many other systems provide information only about a device's location, RadarFind's intrinsically safe, programmable asset tag goes a step further by alerting staff to the device's status: available, in-use or needs cleaning/sterilization.
"Recent studies demonstrate that environmental surfaces, including mobile medical devices and computers, are a route for transmitting infectious diseases," comments Vincent Carrasco, M.D., chief medical officer for RadarFind. "By using RadarFind asset tags to track and identify mobile medical devices in order to document effective cleaning, hospitals can better address and control infection rates."
"The RadarFind system was designed specifically for the hospital environment and can scale to accurately track thousands of assets and patient encounters in the largest hospital system," said RadarFind's CEO Terry Kane, M.D. "Working in concert with our hospital customers, our ongoing technology development generates inherent flexibility to economically meet the unique demands of even the most complex hospital facility."
About RadarFind Corporation
RadarFind Corporation, a healthcare technology company, offers a unique, patent-pending Real Time Location System that uses a platform technology for tracking medical equipment and patients. Specifically designed for hospitals, the RadarFind RTLS system seamlessly integrates with existing hospital infrastructure and operations, while functioning independently of a hospital's critical WiFi system. RadarFind is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. For more information please call 1-877-RADARFIND (723-2734) or visit www.radarfind.com.
About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. For more than five decades, the medical center has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of southern New Jersey's residents, particularly those most in need.
The 410-bed teaching hospital offers many specialty services, including: The New Jersey Heart Institute at Lourdes, one of the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley; the Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk mothers and infants; the Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center; the Southern New Jersey Regional Dialysis Center; and the Center for Organ Transplantation. Lourdes is the only hospital in New Jersey approved to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplants. Our Lady of Lourdes also is recognized by the American Hospital Association as a national leader in the provision of community outreach services.
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is part of Catholic Health East, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health systems which includes 34 acute care hospitals and other affiliated healthcare facilities, and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.lourdesnet.org.