MORRISVILLE, N.C., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) has selected TeleTracking's RadarFind as the exclusive real-time locating provider for member hospitals. SAHA, which is comprised of 16 hospitals in North Carolina, chose RadarFind's real-time location system (RTLS) to enable their members to track medical equipment, patients and staff.
RadarFind has existing relationships with four SAHA hospitals, including WakeMed Cary Hospital, which has reduced its inventory of rental infusion pumps by 20 percent since analyzing utilization data gathered by the RadarFind system. In addition to locating, the RadarFind RTLS leverages a patented sensor-network technology to provide status and context to location by communicating information about whether a piece of equipment is in-use, available or needs cleaning. The system also includes temperature monitoring applications and alarm capabilities.
"RadarFind's technology reflects a system that was purpose-built for the dynamic hospital environment and will enable our hospitals to simultaneously improve operational efficiency and the quality of patient care," said Dale Armstrong, CEO of SAHA. "RadarFind's local presence and national reach make them an ideal partner to support the coalition and its members."
RadarFind delivers room-level accuracy in locating tagged items and operates wirelessly via a radio frequency ideally suited for accurately tracking both assets and people without compromising a hospital's Wi-Fi network. RadarFind can be quickly installed while patients are in the room and can easily scale to accommodate thousands of asset and patient tags across multiple hospital facilities.
"RadarFind's innovative sensor technology provides more than just the location of an asset, but status and context as well," said Mike Nelson, president of RadarFind. "This information enables hospitals to maximize the utilization of their equipment and frees up valuable staff time typically spent searching for essential medical devices. By using RadarFind, more staff time can be devoted to patient care."
The Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance exists to build collaborative relationships between hospitals in the region with the purpose of improving the quality and delivery of healthcare for the patients we serve. Founded in 2004, SAHA members achieve financial savings through collective buying and further benefit from four other key service areas including clinical/quality, education, compliance or knowledge sharing. SAHA is leading North Carolina and the region with its clinical initiatives and outcomes and has partnered with the North Carolina Hospital Association, the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Safety and the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence to support benchmarking activities, clinical collaboratives and initiatives targeted at improving quality.
RadarFind's Real Time Location System uses an innovative technology platform for tracking medical equipment and patients that is highly accurate, yet non-disruptive to hospital operations. RadarFind is the only real-time wireless sensor network developed by former doctors and hospital administrators specifically for the hospital environment. RadarFind Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. For more information, please visit www.teletracking.com and www.radarfind.com.
TeleTracking Technologies is the world-leading producer of automated solutions that relieve hospital overcrowding by improving patient flow. TeleTracking products provide real-time patient tracking information which allows managers to avoid bottlenecks. The Pittsburgh firm, which launched the automated patient flow industry in 1991, has over 1700 solutions installed in more than 800 of the best-known hospitals and health systems in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
SOURCE TeleTracking Technologies