2019 RFID Journal Awards: Adventist Health White Memorial wins best healthcare RFID implementation

July 18, 2019

RFID Journal Live! announced Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) of Los Angeles as a 2019 winner of the 13th Annual RFID Journal Awards. The organization received the award for its successful 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, reports the healthcare tech provider.

“Prior to using Tagnos, turn-around-times at White Memorial ranged from 5 to 15 minutes,” Neeraj Bhavani, CEO of TAGNOS, told Healthcare Purchasing News. “Tagnos helped to bring the average EVS response time to approximately 2.5 minutes when a patient left a room to the time an EVS staff member entered the room to begin the turnover process.”

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.

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.

In addition, Bhavani told HPN that after implementation, the organization was able to save $498,000 in annual staff expenses and increased its MRI and CT revenue by $365,000. Also, patient satisfaction scores (how likely would a patient recommend the hospital to others) increased from 45 percent to 90 percent.