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Two Intelligent InSites Customers Win Intelligent Hospital Awards

US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Group Health Cooperative recognized by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org for their leadership in advancing healthcare by integrating advanced healthcare technology solutions


Fargo, ND – February 1, 2013 –
Intelligent InSites, Inc., the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence in healthcare, has announced that two of its customers have been recognized as Intelligent Hospital Award winners for 2013, presented by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org.

According to Dr. Paul Frisch, President and CTO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium, “The objective of the Intelligent Hospital Awards is to highlight the changing healthcare patient environment and recognize those who are advancing healthcare by integrating advanced technologies, such as auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless along with point-of-care information delivery and communications devices.”

Improving Regulatory Compliance was awarded to US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Sterile Processing Services (VAAAHS SPS). The recipients are VAAAHS SPS Chief, Robin McLeod and VISN 11 Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact, Michael McDonald (Indianapolis, IN).

Most Innovative Use Case was awarded to Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, WA). The award will be received by Donnell Coomes, Enterprise Project Management, Senior Project Director.

Award recipients have been invited to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Conference and Exhibition to participate in the Intelligent Hospital Awards Ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2013, at 5:30pm in Booth 8711. During the event, recipients will be honored, and the 2013 RHCC/Intelligent Hospital Grand Award will be announced.

The judges for the first annual Intelligent Hospital Awards are as follows: University of California-San Francisco Professor Donna Hudson; Georgia Tech Institute Professor Gisele Bennet; University of Wisconsin Distinguished Researcher Alfonso Gutierrez; and RFID 24-7 Journalist and Editor-in-Chief John Johnson.

The Intelligent InSites’ software platform—which collects and processes data, in real-time, from healthcare IT systems, electronic health records, nurse call systems, communications platforms, building management systems, and wireless sensory networks, including multiple RFID and RTLS hardware technologies—empowers multiple healthcare operations applications, including asset management, patient flow, bed management, environmental monitoring, infection control, surgical instrument tracking, rentals management, and consumable asset management, with real-time, actionable information. This ability to leverage real-time information across the enterprise enables healthcare organizations to improve operations and care delivery processes, resulting in more affordable care and improved patient satisfaction.

Healthcare providers can learn more about Intelligent InSites’ real-time healthcare platform at HIMSS13, March 3-7, in New Orleans, LA. Intelligent InSites can be found in booth #8025 and in the Intelligent Hospital pavilion.

About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites helps transform healthcare operations with real-time operational intelligence that improves care, enhances the human experience, and increases efficiency. Through its open, flexible, secure, and scalable technology and business platform, Intelligent InSites automatically collects and processes data from any real-time location system (RTLS), environmental sensors, EHRs, building systems, and other healthcare IT systems, then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and insights for continuous process improvement, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com.

February 9, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS and ACCE Recognize Paul H. Frisch for Excellence in Clinical Engineering and IT

CHICAGO (January 15, 2013) – Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS, received the 2012 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint award sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS. The Boards of Directors of both organizations selected the recipient.

The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.  Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations.  Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and “trailblazing’ work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

“The American College of Clinical Engineering is very proud to support the selection of Dr. Frisch for this award.  His work is an excellent model for the new direction that practitioners of clinical engineering need to take as more and more of the technologies we work with incorporate computer-based functionality and integrate with health IT systems.  Dr. Frisch is to be commended for his forward-thinking leadership in our profession,” says Jim Keller, President of ACCE.

Dr. Frisch has over 30 years of professional experience and contributions to the field; and is a long-standing of member of HIMSS & ACCE. He has educated clinical staff, administration and hospital thought leaders about diverse technologies and the synergies required to develop, deploy and manage complex systems in the healthcare setting.

As a faculty member and Chief of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Binghamton University, Dr. Frisch is also a researcher. One of his research interests has been the transition of clinical devices from stand-alone to networked systems sharing and distributing information between clinical applications and devices. He has extensively researched how these devices have also moved to expand their functionality to use wireless technologies (WiFi, etc.) as medium for conveying this critical information. As these clinical devices and systems transition between the boundaries of engineering and information technology, it becomes critical for the industry to develop a strong synergy between information technologies and biomedical / clinical engineering.

To further demonstrate this complex interaction, Frisch designed the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, an interactive exhibit first introduced at HIMSS11.This addition to the exhibit floor has helpedraise awareness of, and educated the healthcare industry on, the many applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within clinical scenarios, including the required synergy between information technologies and biomedical/clinical engineering.

Dr. Frisch will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“The connection and integration between clinical engineering and information technology come to the forefront with this joint ACCE-HIMSS award, as indicated by the accomplishments of this year’s recipient Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS.  All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dr. Frisch for his ongoing contributions to the Society, and specifically, to HIMSS13, where he will speak at the Clinical Engineering & IT Symposium and has already provided his expertise for one of our large, interactive exhibits,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO.

About ACCE

Founded in 1990, the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is committed to enhancing the profession of clinical engineering. With members in the United States and abroad, the ACCE is the only internationally recognized professional society for clinical engineers.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

RFID in Healthcare Consortium Joins Trade Center

Dynamic Complex to Showcase Latest Advances, Training and Education Across Industry

DALLAS – May 23, 2012 – Market Center Management Company, the management company of leading trade centers and trade events around the world, announced today an agreement with the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) for an integrated showroom in the Nashville Medical Trade Center. The custom space will showcase the use and adoption of RFID (radio frequency identification) and RTLS (real-time locating systems) technologies in the healthcare, assisted living and nursing home industries. It will be the only destination in the world integrating multiple companies’ products, services and deliverables focusing on these important technologies in order to improve patient care, safety and operating efficiencies.

This one-of-a-kind technology complex, to be developed in three phases eventually encompassing 80,000 square feet, will include: The Intelligent Hospital™, The Center of Excellence, and International Technology Pavilions that are destined to attract healthcare decision makers from around the world.

The Intelligent Hospital™ will closely replicate the actual environments of a hospital including registration, surgical services, emergency rooms, and critical care units – a complete hospital deployment. In order to demonstrate “best in breed” technology capabilities surrounding the concept of an  intelligent hospital, a variety of technologies will be seamlessly integrated to provide automated solutions such as “real-time” patient information delivered to smartphones or tablets from the operating room, intensive care unit, ambulatory/step-down and emergency department rooms, all coordinated through a Central War Room.

Displays will allow healthcare decision makers to see first-hand how information is collected through the use of data capture technologies from diverse patient care environments including remote locations. The Intelligent Hospital™ will showcase pioneering solutions that incorporate auto-ID/Bar code scanning, RFID, RTLS sensors and wireless technologies. This delivery methodology optimizes and enhances workflow, patient care and safety enabling dynamic monitoring and rapid response to critical issues. A version of this showcase has been a part of the HIMSS tradeshow for the past two years but inside the trade center a much more adaptive and expansive concept will be created.

In the second phase The Intelligent Hospital™ will be complemented with the construction of an assisted/independent living home and nursing home room showcasing  auto-ID, biometrics, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors, wireless and associated technologies in long-term care settings.

The Center of Excellence will be a comprehensive research, training, teaching and testing environment unique in the world for RFID, RTLS and associated technologies.  Among the activities taking place will be the following:

  • Scientific tests on hardware and software for participating technology vendors;
  • The Center of Excellence will deliver unparalleled collaborative learning opportunities and via its academic partners will issue  CEU’s through  a series of educational events and training programs for existing healthcare professionals in collaboration with teaching hospitals, clinics and integrated delivery networks.

The International Technology Pavilions will consist of a collection of individual spaces/technology suites adjacent to the Intelligent Hospital™ and Center of Excellence. Inside the pavilions dozens of internationally based manufacturers and suppliers of products and services within the RFID and RTLS industries will present their latest advancements in their respective permanent showrooms.

“RHCC’s participation in the Nashville Medical Trade center will help raise the level of awareness and educate the healthcare industry on the many applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within clinical scenarios,” said Dr. Keley John Booth, Sr. VP, Peri-operative Clinical Care, RFID in Healthcare Consortium. “The RHCC looks forward to playing an integral role as part of the first global healthcare marketplace of its kind. Delivering our vision to this premier healthcare industry destination, the RHCC will provide visitors with an integrated clinical environment in which to explore the latest in advanced medical technologies. Authentic clinical care areas are directed by an international team of practicing clinical medical specialists from a variety of hospital disciplines. This unique site will deliver unparalleled collaborative learning opportunities for hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, engineers, and other health care professionals. ”

“The objective of the Intelligent Hospital ™ is to demonstrate the changing healthcare patient envi­ronment by integrating advanced clinical devices with layers of interconnectivity among supporting technologies, such as auto-ID, biometrics, NFC, RFID, RTLS, Sensors, and Wireless technologies along with point-of-care information delivery and communications devices,” said Dr. Paul Frisch, President and CTO, RHCC. “We are extremely pleased to be part of the Nashville project and believe that our Intelligent Hospital™ will highlight how the combination of these clinical devices, systems and supporting technologies addresses many of the issues affecting workflow and potentially impacting patient care and safety.”

“Our effort to create a unified marketplace for healthcare ideas and innovation strongly complements the mission of the RHCC,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO of Market Center Management Company.  “A permanent showcase for technology aligned with the Intelligent Hospital™ will capitalize on the significant number of companies and fast-emerging solutions in advanced wireless technology. The interest in the RHCC center, particularly from international healthcare companies and provider organizations, will be significant.”

The Nashville Medical Trade Center is a comprehensive healthcare marketplace that unifies for the first time permanent showrooms, temporary exhibition space, and education and training facilities. The result is a global marketplace for healthcare products, solutions, and services.

About Market Center Management Company

Market Center Management Company (MCMC) is an international wholesale trade center and tradeshow management company based in Dallas, Texas. MCMC and its owner, Crow Holdings, own or manage trade centers and tradeshows on three continents – Asia (ShanghaiMart), Europe (Brussels International Trade Mart), and North America (Dallas Market Center), totaling more than 11 million square feet, more than any other single international company. Within the MCMC trade centers and tradeshows, customers from around the globe source products directly from manufacturers including home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories, and apparel. The dozens of trade events each year hosted by MCMC are attended by hundreds of thousands of customers from all 50 states and more than 78 countries. MCMC’s website is available at www.marketcentermanagement.com.

About RFID in Healthcare Consortium

The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) is an international, educational,  not-for-profit, organization.   The Consortium was founded on September 13th, 2008 to initially address EMI issues with RFID & RTLS technologies but has recently transformed itself into a fully-fledged trade organization. The Consortium is an educationally focused, vendor neutral, technology and frequency agnostic, organization dedicated to promoting the use and adoption of RFID and RTLS technologies in the healthcare, assisted living and nursing home industries. For more information visit http://www/rfidinhealthcare.org

June 1, 2012 I Written By

Awarepoint, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and American College of Clinical Engineering at HIMSS12 Annual Conference – #HIMSS12

Executives to Discuss Important Role of RTLS in Connected HIT Ecosystem’s Medical Device and Intelligent Hospital Pavilions

SAN DIEGO, California – February 17, 2012Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions for healthcare, announced today that its CEO, Jay Deady, VP of National Accounts, Carla Gallegos, and Brian Leader of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will discuss the importance of RTLS in building a healthcare information technology (HIT) ecosystem during the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition and at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion.

Deady and Gallegos will describe how hospitals can leverage and integrate RTLS with medical devices, electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT solutions to enhance quality of care, patient safety, and clinician workflow at the Clinical Engineering and IT Community – ACCE Reception and Awards at 6 p.m., Feb. 21 at the Venetian, Bellini 2104. During this event, ACCE will debut a video documentary recognizing and featuring interviews with its first group of “elders” comprised of eight clinical engineers who have made significant contributions to the field of clinical engineering. Awarepoint is a co-sponsor of the ACCE Elders documentary.

“Awarepoint congratulates the ACCE Elders for their vision, contributions, and commitment to using technology to improve healthcare,” Deady said. “We share their commitment and look forward to increasing awareness about how ACCE and HIMSS members can integrate and leverage RTLS solutions with medical devices and clinical systems to transform clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.”

The “Meet the Experts: Clinical Engineering and IT Working Together” session begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Medical Device Pavilion, booth #14647, Hall G in the Venetian Sands Expo Center. The Medical Device Pavilion, which is co-sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS, is a forum for industry stakeholders to share best practices and insights for medical device and EHR interoperability and connectivity.

“We are very grateful for Awarepoint’s support of our Elders and HIMSS programs,” said Mario Castaneda, president of ACCE. “Hospitals today face intense pressure to improve care at a reduced cost, and Jay’s and Carla’s presentations align perfectly with our goal of educating the industry on how clinical engineers can collaborate with other healthcare stakeholders to make patient care better, safer, and more efficient.”

Awarepoint’s RTLS technology will be the focus of a presentation at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion. Brian Leader, vice president of the orthopedic service and perioperative services at LVHN, and James Miller, director of anesthesia services at Lehigh Valley Anesthesia Services, both in Allentown, Penn., will present “Using Real-time Patient and Resource Information to Analyze Workflow and Improve Perioperative Processes.” Their session will cover how RTLS provides actionable data to improve workflow, staff productivity, communication, quality of care, patient experience, and revenue in the perioperative areas including the operating room and post anesthesia care unit. The session will be held at booth #12442on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:45 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

The Intelligent Hospital will demonstrate how the integration of clinical systems, RFID (radio-frequency identification), RTLS, medical devices, and other technologies can be delivered and coordinated inside and outside a hospital using live OR and ED scenarios.

Awarepoint, a platinum sponsor of the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion, will demonstrate aware360°Suite of RTLS-enabled solutions, at booth #12442. The application helps providersmanage and track assets, reduce equipment rental costs, monitor temperature, enhance hand hygiene compliance, and improve emergency and perioperative departmental, as well as enterprise-wide workflow and throughput. The results are lower operating costs, increased revenue, enhanced regulatory compliance, and improved patient satisfaction.

About Awarepoint

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/.

February 20, 2012 I Written By

Proxense New Website a Resource for Information on Improved RTLS and Access Control for Healthcare

Bend, Oregon (Nov. 17, 2011) –  Proxense, a wireless technology company providing advanced real-time location and access control systems for healthcare on a single platform, has launched a new website.

“With healthcare organizations looking for ways to make the workplace more efficient, manage private patient information with the highest security, and cut costs, we want them to know about how our technologies improve on what’s been available,” notes John Giobbi, CEO.  “We believe our technology is poised to lead in an era when electronic health records are becoming portable, there are ever tighter HIPAA regulations, and clinicians need instant answers.”

Proxense’s platform–ProxNET™–is the only wireless system that runs hands-free, instant sign-on/sign-off and real-time location system (RTLS) applications simultaneously on a single, multi-purpose network.  It features lower installation, training, support and maintenance costs, a simple search interface for finding data and generating reports, and the capacity to integrate legacy and new third-party applications as needed.

“Our technology puts zero burden on a facility’s existing WiFi, so it causes little disruption to install,” explains Matt Davio, director of Business Development for Proxense.  “Along with the advanced encryption and biometric security features we bring to healthcare IT, we believe our true proximity approach is a new standard for making wireless technology work better for medical facilities so patients get the best care.”

Chicago healthcare decision-makers, connect with Proxense at the RSNA Scientific Assembly Nov. 27-Dec. 2.

Contacts
Western U.S. – Mike Pusateri, (702) 348-7675, mpusateri@proxense.com
Eastern U.S.– Jeff Davies, (216) 409-3613, jdavies@proxense.com

About Proxense

Proxense true proximity technology helps healthcare facilities work at their most efficient—so patients get the best care.   Proxense shortens waiting times and cuts costs by providing both access control and tracking on one scalable, easy-to-install platform that puts zero burden on existing networks.  Our system runs multiple applications at once — automatic sign-on/sign-off, real-time location system, equipment temperature alerts, portable electronic health records—all protected by encryption and biometric security that exceed HIPAA privacy standards.  www.proxense.com

November 23, 2011 I Written By

Ekahau Extends RTLS Beyond the Building Using Wi-Fi Enabled iPhones and Android Phones

Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) announced that Ekahau RTLS customers can now use their iPhone or Android smart phones to extend location tracking capabilities to areas outside their defined wireless local area network (WLAN).

For example, Ekahau is currently piloting use of iPhones and Android smart phones with ambulance drivers, to give hospitals a way to track medical equipment, patients and staff who leave the hospital site. Other planned uses include transportation logistics for high-value assets and verifying inventory of on-board cargo.

Ekahau Transforms Smart Phones Into RTLS “Hot Spots” to Locate Assets and Individuals Outside the WLAN’s Reach

RESTON, Virginia, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that Ekahau RTLS customers can now use their iPhone or Android smart phones to extend location tracking capabilities to areas outside their defined wireless local area network (WLAN). By using the smart phones as an additional wireless access point, this new functionality gives Ekahau RTLS users a way to track assets during transport or between Wi-Fi enabled facilities.

“Many of our customers with multi-site or mobile operations have been asking for an inexpensive way to set up a ‘hotspot’ to extend RTLS presence outside of their WLAN coverage area for managing inventory and accounting for personnel,” said Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. “With our latest innovation, a Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone or Android smart phone now can serve as an extension of a Wi-Fi network’s RTLS capability, giving users real-time location and status of critical staff and assets anywhere in the world.”

To transform the iPhone or Android handsets into a portable Wi-Fi access point, Ekahau RTLS users turn on the tethering feature of their smart phone. With this feature activated, any Ekahau Wi-Fi tags in the vicinity of the phone are able to communicate their presence back to the Ekahau RTLS Controller location-tracking engine, which can be installed on a server anywhere in the world as a cloud-based RTLS.

Adding ‘Sight’ to Wi-Fi Blind Spots

By using the iPhone or Android handsets as ad hoc Wi-Fi hotspots, Ekahau RTLS customers can track assets even in blind spots in their logistics or supply chain – such as in temporary staging areas or mobile environments such as transport trucks, vans or ambulances.

For example, Ekahau is currently piloting use of iPhones and Android smart phones with ambulance drivers, to give hospitals a way to track medical equipment, patients and staff who leave the hospital site. Other planned uses include transportation logistics for high-value assets and verifying inventory of on-board cargo.

Demonstrations at RFID Journal LIVE!

Ekahau will be demonstrating its iPhone and Android capabilities in Booth 116 atRFID Journal LIVE! 2011 ( http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php), April 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

April 20, 2011 I Written By

Ekahau Introduces new Wi-Fi Capacity Tools to Plan Networks for Multiplying Tablets and Smartphones

RESTON, Virginia, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview.html ) (RTLS) and Wi-Fi tools, today released two products – Ekahau Site Survey (http://www.ekahau.com/products/ekahau-site-survey/overview.html ) (ESS) version 5.5, and Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/ekahau-site-survey/spectrum.html) – that help network administrators design, deploy and troubleshoot high-capacity Wi-Fi networks.

Unlike other Wi-Fi (WLAN) planning and administration tools, the latest version of ESS takes the capacity of the Wi-Fi network fully into consideration. ESS accurately analyzes the network capacity based on the number of Wi-Fi devices, and the applications run on them. This is essential for today’s networks where a growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, laptops and tablet devices require ever-increasing network capacity.

When designing a Wi-Fi network for data, voice, or RTLS, to support a large number of wireless devices, ESS will suggest a more dense access point placement. When analyzing a network, ESS now will display areas of sufficient or insufficient capacity. ESS also provides in-depth troubleshooting analysis, showing the number of associated clients per access point and displaying areas where too many voice calls will be placed simultaneously via a single access point.

“In the era of smartphones and tablets, the question for Wi-Fi network administrators is not just about coverage anymore, it’s about capacity,” said Jussi Kiviniemi, director of Product Marketing at Ekahau. “With our latest version of ESS, network administrators can be sure that their Wi-Fi network is capable of handling current and future capacity demands. This addition expands the growing list of ESS’ unique features, which already include real-time location system (RTLS) integration, hybrid site surveys and an Android network analysis application.”

The new Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer allows the user to detect, identify and locate interference issues in Wi-Fi networks with ease. DBx Pro, which replaces the previous DBx Spectrum Analyzer, offers significant improvements, such as interference classification, a device finder and a redesigned user interface.

Ekahau Site Survey 5.5 and Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer are available now from via the Ekahau website (http://www.ekahau.com/) and through Ekahau’s certified distribution partners.

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.;Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

 

April 7, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

GE Healthcare And Cisco To Offer Hospitals A New Mobility Technology Platform For Improved Patient Flow And Asset Management

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a global business providing end-to-end knowledge solutions to the healthcare industry through advisory, technology and healthcare expertise, and Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT networking, announced they have joined forces to help hospitals improve the quality of patient care, increase efficiency, and reduce costs by enabling them to better manage the flow of patients, staff, and equipment.

Through this collaboration between GE and Cisco, hospitals will have the ability to deploy GE’s AgileTracTM platform, integrated with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Cisco Context-Aware Software, to track patients, staff and equipment with diverse network technologies, helping to improve the quality of patient care, increase efficiency and control costs. The combined GE and Cisco solution brings together location information about Wi-Fi clients, tags and wired devices, with proprietary real-time location system technologies (RTLS), regardless of the network provider.

Previously, hospitals were forced to operate two separate tracking systems for Wi-Fi and proprietary RTLS technologies. Now, organizations can achieve a more complete, consolidated view of assets throughout their existing structure.

“Healthcare organizations cannot afford overspending on lost or underutilized assets,” said Rob Reilly, general manager, GE Healthcare Performance Solutions – Americas. “The GE-Cisco collaboration will look to help healthcare organizations reduce unnecessary waste while being more efficient with time, money and equipment. Using the hospitals’ existing infrastructure, this collaboration will look to minimize costs to meet the demands for real-time location while providing the tools necessary to effectively manage mobile assets more efficiently.”

Over 90% of large US hospitals2 deploy Wi-Fi networks while also using RTLS to track and visualize patient and asset flow. Having the capability to stream Wi-Fi and RTLS data into one platform through the existing infrastructure helps hospital managers know at a glance the location of critical medical technologies; therefore providing clinicians with the tools needed for timely patient care. This reduces the need for over-provisioning equipment and medical specialists, while providing improved patient flow.

“This collaboration between GE and Cisco creates the bridge between Wi-Fi and RTLS technologies allowing hospitals to manage multiple location technologies on one platform, and leverage their existing investment in Wi-Fi technology,” said Ray Smets, vice president and general manager, Wireless Networking business unit, Cisco. “Cisco focuses on delivering value to customers by investing in new services and partnering in ways that take advantage of intelligence in the Cisco Unified Wireless Network to solve business problems. In this way, we help enable hospitals to improve clinical processes, help protect patient data, and empower caregivers – deriving more value from their network investment.”

Both Bon Secours Richmond and the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) see the benefit of tracking assets and patients with the GE-Cisco solution.

“With increasing financial pressures, the need for operational excellence is a necessity. Bon Secours is already benefiting from real-time data on the location and movement of mobile equipment and patients through the GE AgileTracTM RFID network to make smart decisions to improve care delivery and hospital operations,” said Jeff Pearson, vice president, Information Services, Bon Secours Richmond. “Bon Secours is excited about the ability to simply integrate an additional 9,000 Wi-Fi based assets into the same easy-to-use interface that leverages our existing technology infrastructure investments.”

With asset utilization across the healthcare industry at 40% on average, there is a significant need to help hospitals become more efficient. By streaming Wi-Fi and RTLS into GE’s AgileTrac platform, healthcare organizations can manage the flow of the right asset, with the right patient, at the right time with confidence. As a healthymagination validated product, AgileTracTM has been proven to optimize use of mobile equipment in hospitals, resulting in equipment-related cost reduction of greater than 15% and net cost facility savings. 3

“Improving and enhancing asset efficiency and hospital facility productivity is imperative in today’s world,” said Michael Joseph, chief executive officer, HCA East Florida division. “Not being able to find the right equipment at the right time makes it difficult for clinical staff to provide the highest quality of care to each patient. Having a single, centralized solution where all Wi-Fi and RTLS assets are tracked will ensure an increase in quality of patient care and access to equipment when and where you need it.”

About the GE and Cisco Technology

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network provides highly secure wireless coverage for healthcare organizations allowing caregivers to gain reliable access to critical patient information from anywhere in the hospital or medical offices, while meeting strict regulatory requirements. Part of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine, centralizes intelligence within the network, serving as the platform for the Cisco Context-Aware Software and other mobility services. The Mobility Services Engine is built on an open API for enterprise and mobile applications development. This API makes use of the Cisco Developer Network – of which GE is a member – for certifying the interoperability of solutions.

GE’s AgileTracTM is an automated workflow solution that allows healthcare staff to better track people, processes and mobile medical assets throughout the healthcare system, ultimately reducing costs and increasing patient satisfaction. AgileTrac allows staff to make smart decisions at every point of care — leading to better quality of care and better business outcomes. Up-to-the-minute data helps inform staff decisions to help streamline care delivery, manage resources and improve the patient experience.

GE Healthcare Performance Solutions and Cisco will showcase this new technology at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) February 20-24th in Orlando, Florida at GE Healthcare Booth #2401 and Cisco Booth #2051. Today’s announcement is the first in the collaboration between GE Healthcare and Cisco Wireless focused on empowering hospitals to increase efficiencies.

About GE Healthcare:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

 

March 7, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Ekahau RTLS and GOJO Dispensers Introduce Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring Solution

Reston, VA — February 17, 2011 — Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that it is, introducing a Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring solution that automatically monitors hand hygiene of employees in the healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections and other transmittable diseases.

Ekahau RTLS offers the unique ability to track the location and staff interactions with patients and to measure hand hygiene activity down to the individual caregiver. Because the Ekahau RTLS runs over a hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network, the hand hygiene solution is cost effective and easy to deploy. Utilizing the GOJO SmartLink™ Series Dispensers with the Ekahau RTLS, customers will have access to a complete skin care portfolio – including PURELL® hand sanitizer, PROVON® hand soaps and PURELL® Surgical Scrub – enabling them to monitor hand hygiene across the entire facility. Once in place, the same Ekahau RTLS system can be used for a variety of other applications, such as staff communications, safety, workflow, patient tracking, asset tracking and environmental monitoring.

The hand hygiene solution combines Ekahau location-enabled staff badges and Ekahau beacons that are embedded into GOJO’s SmartLink™ Series Dispensers located throughout a hospital. The staff badges – which also are commonly used for staff messaging, workflow and safety applications – enable the RTLS system to automatically monitor staff-patient interactions, as well as when the staff member washes his or her hands before and after interacting with a patient in order to calculate compliance based on hospital policy. By leveraging the two-way communications capabilities of the Ekahau RTLS system, staff members can receive reminders and status information on the text display of their badges to help improve hand hygiene compliance. To ensure full compliance, the Ekahau transmitters that are integrated into the dispensers will only be activated when hands are sanitized, eliminating any false information from being collected.

“Hand hygiene is a significant concern, particularly in the healthcare market where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital acquired infections add more than $30 billion to annual healthcare costs and result in almost 100,000 deaths,” said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at Ekahau. “We believe that Ekahau’s real-time location tracking technology – which is already in use at more than 300 hospitals worldwide and works over the customer’s existing Wi-Fi networks – has been integrated with GOJO hand sanitizing units to provide hospitals a way to ensure staff is compliant with hand washing procedures.”

”Today, most healthcare institutions still go through a manual observation method to collect and report hand hygiene compliance rates. This manual observation method typically requires significant cost and effort, but rarely yields timely and accurate information on hand hygiene compliance,” said Dave Mackay, Healthcare vice president at GOJO Industries. ”When you consider the potential for Ekahau’s real-time location tracking technology, enabled by GOJO’s touch-free dispensing systems, to deliver real-time hand hygiene monitoring at an individual care level, it’s exciting to think about the difference this could make for infection control.”

The solution relies on Ekahau’s experience in deploying healthcare technology enterprisewide and its accurate location tracking capabilities, as well as GOJO’s extensive expertise in infection control in the healthcare environment. The solution is currently undergoing field testing and will be available in the second quarter of 2011.

More information about how this solution works is online at
www.ekahau.com/solutions/healthcare/infection-control

Ekahau will be demonstrating a prototype of this solution at Booth 3701 during HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 20-24, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com.

© Copyright 2011, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About GOJO Industries
GOJO invented PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer and markets a full range of PURELL products to consumers and professionals worldwide. In addition, GOJO markets a full line of handwashing and skin care products to professionals under the GOJO® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO has a 64-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO products and programs kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately-held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australasia, Japan and Brazil. For more information, visit www.gojo.com.

PURELL® is a trademark of GOJO Industries, Inc. and is used with permission.

February 18, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

The Advantage is Here: Versus Technology, Inc. at HIMSS11

(Traverse City, Michigan, February 15, 2011) – Versus will be exhibiting at the 2011 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS11) conference, booth 3252, Monday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Attendees are invited to speak with veteran Versus customers and discover the true benefits of Real-Time Locating Solutions (RTLS) under the “The ADVANTAGE is Here” banner.

This year at HIMSS11, Versus is offering attendees several get-back-to-the-basics opportunities to help attendees understand what RTLS is, how the systems work, where they are most useful and how they can be used to achieve greater safety and efficiency within healthcare. Alongside, Versus will be validating more advanced RTLS applications including Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC), automated bed management, pervasive computing and how to automatically collect and document data for Core Quality Measure reporting required for Meaningful Use.

In particular, there are two sessions those interested in RTLS will not want to miss:

  • Sharon Boothe-O’Connor, Systems Analyst for Memorial Healthcare System, will present “Repurposing RTLS: Patient Tracking to Automated Bed Management” Tuesday, February 22nd, from 9:45-10:45 AM. Attendees at this Education Session are eligible for ACHE, CME and CPHIMS continuing education credit.
  • Versus’ President, HT Snowday, will present “Pervasive Computing in Healthcare with RTLS” at Microsoft’s booth (#3101) on Tuesday, February 22nd, from 11:30-12:30 AM.

Back at Versus’ booth (#3252), Ms. Boothe-O’Connor and her colleague, Ms. Brenda Joslyn, RN, Manager of Nursing Services at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine will be available to answer questions regarding their experiences with Versus’ RTLS for clinical automation. Stop by to say hello or call Versus to schedule private discussions. At the Versus booth, attendees may select a free sample from Versus’ new Clearview™ Badge product line which, for the first time, makes healthcare RTLS badges available to customers in any color.

Finally, for those who look forward to HIMSS as a platform to uncover new innovations in healthcare technology…look no further! Versus will be unveiling an advanced clinical location communication platform. This new location communication mechanism allows Versus to provide the same clinical-quality chair-level location information it has always delivered, but with an option for a wireless backhaul. With installation flexibility, Versus is able to provide unparalleled convenience, without sacrificing accuracy, reliability or timeliness. Versus will be demonstrating its new Enterprise View Mobile (EVM) application which makes Versus’ RTLS software available for customers using mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Free downloads of EVM are available from the iTunes store.

These products represent Versus’ 10th generation of Infrared and RFID locating solutions and will help usher in a new era of efficiency in healthcare. Versus looks forward to sharing these innovations and customer success stories with all HIMSS11 attendees. Don’t forget: Locate your Advantage at booth #3252, and follow Versus on Twitter @VersusTech throughout the show for updates and event reminders.

About Versus Technology, Inc.

Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages™ improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VSTI.PK), our technology and client successes, visit www.versustech.com and take the Advantages Tour.

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February 16, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.