The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Rolls Out World’s Largest Implementation of a Real-time Location System and Workflow Software
Awarepoint solution helps leading United Kingdom facility improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance
SAN DIEGO – February 16, 2012 – Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions for healthcare, announced today that The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (the Trust) in the United Kingdom has implemented the first phases of its real-time location system (RTLS) to improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance. The RTLS data, as well as extensive data from other systems, is processed through the Awarepoint Rules Engine to help facilitate the flow of patients through the hospital, improving throughput times and creating a more healing environment.
“Like hospitals in other countries, we face the challenge of delivering the highest quality care at a time of severely constrained resources and staffing,” said David Loughton, chief executive of The Trust. “The enterprise-wide implementation of Awarepoint software gives us the ability to care for patients more quickly and provides staff with additional information they need to make decisions. Faster treatment and more efficient processes result in better outcomes and lower clinical, administrative, and operational costs.”
The Awarepoint system was first implemented in a ward of the hospital designed to handle injured and sick patients who also suffer from Dementia. The system quickly proved to provide staff with the critical information they needed to care for patients.
“The work Awarepoint did in conjunction with our new care standards for dementia patients was groundbreaking. We are committed to delivering the best and safest care possible. The work Awarepoint did with us shows that they are committed to the same standards. We look forward to partnering with Awarepoint as we move the system throughout the Trust,” said Loughton.
The aware360° Suite that the Trust installed translates real-time data into actionable intelligence.
Awarepoint performed an extensive analysis of the Trust’s workflow and that workflow could then be mapped into the software. As the software received location data from the RTLS and additional data from other hospital systems, it processed that data against the workflow mapping. When specific types of care need to be provided to a patient, the system alerts the staff member responsible for the care. The software constantly monitors all patients in the 800-bed facility looking for events that caregivers need to know occurred. When those events occur, the caregivers are alerted. This constant monitoring and alerting allows care to be given in a more timely manner, resulting in shorter hospital stays and higher patient satisfaction.
“We are proud our technology is playing a crucial role in advancing the Trust’s vision of being a first-class hospital providing top quality and safe care in every way,” said Jay Deady, president and CEO of Awarepoint. “While most facilities typically apply RTLS to track and monitor the location of clinicians, patients and portable equipment, the Trust is utilizing the technology to its full range of capabilities, serving as an international and pioneering model for other organizations seeking to transform health delivery and financial outcomes through proven, leading edge software.”
About Awarepoint Corporation
Awarepoint provides the only complete RTLS solution optimizing healthcare workflow for improving asset management and availability, optimal patient flow, and increasing care team efficiency.
The company’s aware360°Suite provides unmatched real-time location system (RTLS) technology, best-in-class software, and fully managed services for the healthcare enterprise. By improving asset, patient, and personnel visibility across the enterprise, the aware360°Suite allows administrators and care providers to advance the Quality, Efficiency, Experience, and Economics of care. For more information, visit www.awarepoint.com/.
About The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (The Trust) was established in 1994 and is one of the largest acute providers in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. It provides a comprehensive range of services for the people of Wolverhampton, the wider Black Country, South Staffordshire, North Worcestershire, and Shropshire. The Trust gained Cancer Centre status in 1997, was designated as the 4th Regional Heart & Lung Centre during 2004/05 and became one of the first wave Bowel Screening Centres in 2006.
The Trust is the largest teaching hospital in the Black Country providing teaching and training to around 130 medical students on rotation from the University of Birmingham Medical School. Providing training for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals through well-established links with the University of Wolverhampton, the Trust has an operating budget of £350 million, 800 beds including 27 intensive care beds and 14 neonatal intensive care cots and employs almost 5000 staff. In 2008/09 the Trust treated more than 670,000 patients at hospital and community sites across the West Midlands.