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Adventist Health White Memorial Improves Operating Room Turnaround Time with TAGNOS-Zebra Solution

TAGNOS™, developer of clinical logistics automation software for hospital operations, and Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, today announced that Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) improved operating room (OR) turnaround time by approximately 10 percent with a joint workflow optimization solution.

Operating rooms account for approximately 40 percent of a hospital’s expenses and up to 70 percent of its revenues, according to the Operating Room Management[1] study. Operating rooms and other procedural areas are often left empty for too long causing patient delays as well as financial and operational strains on the entire surgical department. The integrated TAGNOS-Zebra solution strengthened communication and collaboration between nursing staff and environmental services staff (EVS) to quickly and efficiently prepare ORs for waiting patients and reduce costs at the Los Angeles-based hospital.

TAGNOS, is a registered Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in Zebra’s PartnerConnect channel program. The patented TAGNOS OR workflow solution aggregates and analyzes data from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on patient wristbands, as well as information from a variety of hospital systems, to provide real-time insights into the patient’s journey through the surgical suite. These insights are then communicated to AHWM’s care and support team via the TAGNOS app on Zebra’s Android-based TC51-HC enterprise-class mobile computer to more effectively coordinate scheduled surgery times and enable collaborative workflows for faster care delivery and improved patient satisfaction.

“The TAGNOS-Zebra workflow optimization solution has fostered a higher level of teamwork since ambiguity has been removed and everyone can visually see how their tasks are interrelated,” said Randy Saad, Director of Perioperative Services at AHWM. “Since we implemented the solution, we have reduced EVS response times to operating rooms by 41 percent enabling us to significantly improve our operational efficiency and reduce costs while seeing more patients.”

Outdated manual communication and ambiguous information sharing are the primary culprits in slowing the turnaround process and can create a domino effect if surgical start-times become skewed. Anesthesia teams, charge and floor nurses and EVS staff all have a role to play in efficient OR room turnover and on-time starts.

“Healthcare organizations require data connectivity, communications and real-time information at the edge to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time,” said Chris Sullivan, Global Healthcare Practice Lead, Zebra Technologies. “The TAGNOS-Zebra solution leverages information from RFID, wristbands and mobile computers to empower healthcare professionals with a performance edge by facilitating better care collaboration, improved communications and optimized workflow efficiencies that reduce costs.”

“The aggregated data delivered by TAGNOS and communicated via the Zebra TC51-HC mobile computer provides a powerful tool for care teams to get the alerts and messages they need at the right time to enable streamlined workflows,” said Neeraj Bhavani, CEO, TAGNOS.

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1 Kinderscher J and Rockford M. “Operating Room Management.” Miller’s Anesthesia 7th edition, Chapter 99.



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