Medical Center Monitors Temperature, Assets with AeroScout

— April 19, 2011

AeroScout, the leading provider of Healthcare Visibility Solutions, announced that Tift Regional Medical Center (Tift) has implemented AeroScout's Temperature Monitoring and Asset Tracking & Management solutions as part of the medical center's ongoing commitment to innovation and healthcare excellence. By using AeroScout's Real-Time Location System (RTLS) running on Tift's existing Wi-Fi network, Tift tracks and manages medical equipment and wirelessly monitors temperatures in refrigerators and freezers. As a result, Tift has been able to improve staff efficiency, increase equipment utilization and enhance patient safety and care.

With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit, regional hospital serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia. Located in Tifton, the medical center provides a wide range of services, including six Centers of Excellence offering advanced care in oncology, cardiology, neurology, surgery, women's health and emergency medicine.
"After conducting an extensive review of the market, we determined that AeroScout had the most cost-effective solutions, which also demonstrated immediate value and gave us the ability to expand in many directions in the future," said Guy McAllister, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Tift Regional Medical Center. "Almost immediately after implementing the wireless temperature monitoring solution, we saw improvements in staff efficiency and regulatory compliance. As a result of this success, we decided to quickly deploy AeroScout's asset tracking solution."
Tift started using AeroScout's Temperature Monitoring solution to automate the monitoring of refrigerators and freezers, which contain medications and other critical items. Wi-Fi Temperature Tags measure temperatures on a defined time interval and transmit the data wirelessly to AeroScout's MobileView software. If a temperature reading deviates from the range specified as safe, alerts are sent to the appropriate staff members. This saves clinicians the time they used to spend manually monitoring temperatures and also improves patient safety.
The biomedical and materials management staff at Tift implemented AeroScout's Asset Tracking & Management solution to quickly locate critical equipment, such as wheelchairs, stretchers and infusion pumps, throughout the facility. Now that caregivers no longer have to manually search the hospital for available equipment, they are able to spend more time attending to patients and have the proper items when and where they need them.
"The AeroScout solutions offer many important benefits, and the fact that they are so easy to use means that our team consistently uses the applications as part of their daily workflow," said Wade Brewer, Director of Technology Infrastructure Services at Tift Regional Medical Center. "The ease-of-use allows us to train staff in a short period of time as well as quickly and thoroughly realize value from the solutions."
Additionally, AeroScout is helping Tift to minimize spoilage of emergency medications and other medical supplies on crash carts. Using AeroScout Wi-Fi Tags, the hospital tracks the location of each crash cart and uses reports to show the expiration date of time-sensitive supplies, ensuring that items are either used or are taken out of rotation before they expire.
"AeroScout is proud to be working with innovative customers like Tift Regional Medical Center and of the value our solutions bring to all sizes of hospitals and healthcare organizations," said Joel Cook, Director of Healthcare Solutions at AeroScout. "Tift is also an active member of the VHA network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations and is one of many VHA members realizing the benefits of partnering with AeroScout to improve efficiency and care."


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