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Adventist Health White Memorial Awarded Best Health-Care RFID Implementation at 2019 RFID Journal Awards

Adventist Health White Memorial selected as the health care provider demonstrating the best use of RFID technology to cut costs and improve patient outcomes

RFID Journal Live! announced Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) of Los Angeles as a 2019 winner of the 13th Annual RFID Journal Awards. Adventist Health White Memorial received the award for its use of the TAGNOS™ OR Patient Flow solution to decrease operating room (OR) turnaround time by 9.7 percent and increase operating room utilization by 18 percent.

Operating room turnaround time is the time between when one patient is wheeled out of the OR until the next patient is wheeled in. Time between patients requires efficient orchestration of staff, patient and assets to enable room set up, equipment transport and room cleaning. As part of the RFID Journal Live! Event’s Healthcare Track, Randy Saad, Director of Perioperative Services at AHWM, presented his success with TAGNOS solutions to improve operating room turnover times.

Saad’s presentation defined one of the main challenges operating rooms currently face is poor room turnover times that cause patient care delays and create both financial and operational strains on the entire surgical department. “Improving room turnaround time allows us to best optimize our clinical and ancillary staff resources, as well as increase capacity to handle additional surgical cases. It’s a critical operational statistic for surgical departments, and we must always balance efficiency and patient safety,” said Saad.

Utilizing the TAGNOS OR Workflow Solution, AHWM receives real-time data from automated alerts triggered by RFID-enabled patient wristbands. These patient flow insights are delivered to clinical care and logistics support teams at each step in the patient’s progress: Waiting Before Registration, Registration, Waiting After Registration, Pre-Op, Procedure and Post-Op/Discharge. Using live data allows AHWM to reduce patient wait times, optimize scheduled surgery times, enable collaborative workflows and improve care delivery.

“We’re thrilled to have Randy Saad and Adventist Health White Memorial as a partner. The goal of TAGNOS solutions is to provide management and care delivery teams the information they need to drive meaningful workflow change in order to increase their ability to deliver patient care and improve their bottom line,” said Neeraj Bhavani, CEO of TAGNOS. “We join RFID Journal Live! and the judging panel in congratulating Randy and the entire AHWM team.”

Interested media can download the full presentation and video highlights of Saad’s presentation here: Adventist Health White Memorial Client Presentation Highlights: Improving Operating Room Turnover Times with RFID.



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