VIXIA chooses Patient Care Technology Systems to Co-Develop their proprietary Information Portal.
Charlotte, NC and Alpharetta, GA (Thursday, April 8, 2010) – Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), and VIXIA North America (VIXIA) today announced that Mission Hospital has selected VIXIA to provide their managed, on-site Equipment Distribution services. As part of VIXIA’s service, they will deploy a Real Time Location System (RTLS) and their VixPortSM information portal which was co-developed by PCTS and VIXIA to more effectively manage movable medical equipment assets. VixPort, built on the PCTS Amelior 360™ technology platform, also provides an interface for Temperature Monitoring and key interfaces to other software modules designed to improve patient-care and efficiency in a variety of other clinical processes.
Mission Hospital is a 345-bed facility in Mission Viejo, California that includes specialized pediatric care through CHOC Children’s Mission Hospital (CHOC), and is the first and only designated regional trauma center in South Orange County. The integrated medical campus is part of the St. Joseph Health System and has over 700 affiliated physicians. VIXIA’s technology and services have been approved by the St. Joseph Health System.
Deployment is underway and expected to be fully complete in May. The VIXIA on-site team and technology will begin by tracking and managing the distribution of approximately 1700 equipment items with a goal to reduce rentals, future capital purchases and eliminate the need for nurse staff to take valuable time away from patient-care to search for and clean equipment.
Movable medical equipment such as Sequential Compression Devices (SCD’s), Infusion Pumps and Pulse Oximeter units are among the first assets to be part of their equipment distribution service.
VixPort web-based software visualizes workflow by automatically identifying the location of the equipment generated from the Real Time Locating System (RTLS) and incorporates important alerts that ensure that the desired procedures are being followed and equipment inventory levels are maintained. The RTLS technology chosen by VIXIA for Mission Hospital is CenTrak’s certainty-based Gen2IR™ / RF technology.
The same system will automatically monitor temperatures of sensitive items such as medications and blood bags and will provide in real-time the visibility of temperature status with dynamic watch-lists and configurable real-time notifications of temperature events. This module provides a system capable of monitoring, calibrating and maintaining temperatures of inventory as well as access status in any area or department in real time.
Additional interfaces to hospital and department information systems and communication devices are able to create a centralized workflow communication and management portal that eliminates the need for manual updates and delays caused by a lack of information. VixPort information portal will also be compatible with other PCTS software modules that can be integrated in the future including Amelior EDTracker®, Amelior ORTracker® and Amelior 360 Hand Hygiene™ to name a few.
“After completing a variety of complex process assessments in various hospitals, we decided to create a unique information portal with our partner PCTS. VixPort provides a solid improvement in our operational efficiency while also offering the ability for future expansion to other PCTS offerings,” said Andrew Halasz, president of VIXIA North America. “We help hospitals derive results from their technology investments. Knowing the location of people or equipment is only a small part of the benefits that can be achieved by deploying a Real-Time Location System (RTLS). All too often hospitals make these investments but are unable to get the full return on investment these systems are able to deliver. Our proprietary analytics and service methodologies help deliver the process improvement savings and results that these tracking technologies are capable of.”
“We are pleased to co-develop this unique information portal with our partner VIXIA,” says Larry Hobson, vice president of strategic initiatives at Patient Care Technology Systems. “We have worked closely with VIXIA to create a system that will increase operating performance while having the ability to expand into other departments which will allow them to streamline patient flow, enhance patient care and increase capacity throughout their customer base.”
VIXIA deploys tracking technology, software and staffing to help hospitals improve how they distribute movable medical equipment and optimize patient and staff workflow. Their services include process modeling, change management consulting, and equipment distribution support services.
PCTS is a pioneering developer of workflow visibility and automation software. The company’s asset management solution is part of the Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite™ which comprises departmental to facility-wide software solutions and services designed to more efficiently and safely orchestrate patient care through the real-time visualization of patient flow.
About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital provides south Orange County communities with access to advanced care and advanced caring through two convenient locations. Mission Hospital has been serving the greater needs of the community for nearly 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, the region’s only designated trauma center, offers 24-hour emergency care and specialized services for imaging, heart, stroke, maternity, and women’s wellness needs. Its second campus, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, offers 24-hour emergency, intensive and medical-surgical care as well as the South County’s only behavioral health services including hospital-based chemical dependency and chronic pain medicine abuse center. A member of the St. Joseph Health System, Mission Hospital is one of 14 not-for-profit hospitals sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. For more information, visit mission4health.com.
VIXIA is a leading provider of process and technology solutions for insurance companies, financial institutions and healthcare organizations. It also offers a wide range of consulting services and managed services focused on operational efficiency. Technologies integrated by VIXIA include Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Rules Engines (BRE). VIXIA’s global headquarters are in Miami, Florida, with North American Headquarters in Alpharetta, GA plus operations and a software factory in São Paulo, Brazil. For more information about VIXIA, visit www.vixia.com.
About Patient Care Technology Systems
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSLR), helps health care providers to improve patient flow, increase capacity and improve patient and staff safety by visualizing the real-time location and status of people and equipment throughout their facility. PCTS solutions have supported over 2 million patient visits annually and have shown a proven return on investment in high turnover, high-acuity units such as the emergency department and perioperative suites. The Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite™ is interoperable with all leading locating technologies, including active-RFID, infrared, ultrasound, ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.
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