Winston-Salem, NC (July 15, 2009) – VIZZIA Technology Partners Selected By Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Selects Patient Care Technology Systems™ Software and CenTrak Real-Time Location System (RTLS) for Largest RTLS Installation in a Healthcare Facility.
Winston-Salem, NC (July 15, 2009) VIZZIA Technologies today announced that Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) has selected two of the company’s technology partners to provide visibility to hospital assets throughout their 4.1 million square foot campus. This represents the largest known real-time location system (RTLS) implementation in a healthcare facility worldwide. WFUBMC facility services provider, ARAMARK Healthcare, will manage maintenance and support for the installation ongoing.
WFUBMC, one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers, is an integrated health care system that operates 1,056 acute care, rehabilitation, long-term, and psychiatric care beds, outpatient services, and community health and information centers. The Medical Center has 22 subsidiary or affiliate hospitals and operates more than 100 outreach activities throughout the Winston-Salem region. In 2008, WFUBMC was recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals.
The first segment of the enterprise-wide asset management installation will include monitoring the temperature of patient medications and tracking IV pumps at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, WFUBMC’s primary clinical facility. Additionally, all stretchers and wheel chairs will be tagged supporting WFUBMC’s patient transport process. Future stages under consideration include real-time patient flow management for emergency, surgery and radiology departments.
The software component of the solution is being provided by Patient Care Technology Systems, whose Amelior Tracker® software presents the real-time visualization of equipment and patient flow. Hospitals can scale their implementations by the entities they wish to track (movable medical equipment, patients, staff), the purpose (asset management, patient flow, infection control) and by the scope of hospital workflow (acute care, inpatient floors, outpatient services, enterprise-wide).
At WFUBMC, RTLS from another of VIZZIA’s business partners, CenTrak, will be deployed. CenTrak’s InTouchCare system differs from legacy RTLS technologies in its combined use of a patented new generation of infrared (Gen2IR) and radio-frequency identification (RFID). CenTrak’s battery-powered monitors (more than five years of battery life) transmit a unique room number using Gen2IR which is received by any tag in that room. The tag communicates the room number and its own unique ID via RF to the InTouchCare Location Server using a hospital’s existing wired or Wi-Fi network, where it can be accessed in real-time by hospital personnel. Like light, Gen2IR will not pass through walls and it does not suffer from traditional infrared line-of-sight limitations.
“After a comprehensive, multi-year RTLS marketplace review, we chose Patient Care Technology Systems software and CenTrak’s tracking equipment because of their proven experience in implementing scalable, workflow-intelligent solutions that can meet our demanding current and future needs,” said Tony Marra CHFM, director of facility services at WFUBMC. “Their ability to integrate the right locating technology with software that can be tailored to manage diverse workflows at the significant scale that we plan to automate, made PCTS with CenTrak the only choice for our health system.”
“We are extremely pleased to see that a large complex hospital system like WFUBMC has selected the same software and tracking technology partners that are an important part of the services we provide,” said Andrew L. Halasz, President and CEO of VIZZIA Technologies. “The evaluation process at WFUBMC was extremely thorough and rigorous. Several of the top software solutions and RTLS tracking technologies were trialed in live deployments. This reconfirms the strength of our own evaluations.”
VIZZIA provides movable medical equipment distribution services to hospitals using the tracking data provided from these technologies. PCTS software is configured by VIZZIA to provide their customers with visibility to the assets being tracked in real-time and is integrated with VIZZIA’s analytics software engine. Their analytics software engine is used to evaluate and optimize the equipment distribution process.
VIZZIA deploys and maintains the tracking technology and uses LEAN and SIX SIGMA tools to deliver measurable process improvement results. VIZZIA also provides the staff and disciplined operating procedures to ensure equipment is delivered to clinical departments efficiently. This reduces the hospital’s need to rent or purchase equipment and provides the clinical staff with more time for patient care.
About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.wfubmc.edu) is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest University Physicians, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,056 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeast in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.
About ARAMARK Healthcare
ARAMARK Healthcare is a leader in providing best-in-class non-clinical services that are essential to healthcare delivery. Understanding that clinical excellence and the environment are interdependent, ARAMARK Healthcare directly impacts the entire healthcare continuum — patient, employee, nurse and physician satisfaction, operational efficiency and service excellence. Through its facilities, food and clinical technology services, ARAMARK Healthcare helps more than 1,000 hospitals and senior living facilities deliver the optimal experience for patients and residents, their families, and the physicians, nurses and staff who care for them. For more information visit www.aramarkhealthcare.com.
CenTrak is a leading provider of precise, adaptable and cost-effective tracking infrastructure for healthcare facilities. The patented InTouchCare RTLS infrastructure uniquely combines Gen2IR and active RFID technologies to deliver certainty-based or error free data, a requirement for workflow and other important applications. As the only predominantly battery-powered RTLS technology, CenTrak offers a simple and cost effective installation unattainable with legacy solutions. InTouchCare is currently operating in millions of square feet at dozens of world-class healthcare sites in the United States. For more information about CenTrak, please visit www.centrak.com.
About Patient Care Technology Systems
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSLR), helps health care providers to improve patient flow, increase capacity and improve patient and staff safety by visualizing the real-time location and status of patients and equipment throughout their facility. Proven return on investment in high-turnover, high-acuity departments such as the emergency department and perioperative suite where PCTS solutions have supported more than five million patient visits with automatic tracking and emergency department documentation solutions. The Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite is compatible with all leading locating technologies including active RFID, infrared, ultrasound, ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.
VIZZIA is a leading provider of process solutions and support services for healthcare organizations and is dedicated to helping hospitals improve quality of care, patient safety and compliance through operational efficiency. Technologies integrated by VIZZIA include Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Rules Engines (BRE). VIZZIA Technologies’ Headquarters are in Albuquerque, NM . For more information about VIZZIA, visit www.vizziatech.com.