Operating rooms account for approximately 40% of a hospital’s expenses and up to 70% of its revenues, according to the Operating Room Management 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% enabling us to significantly improve our operational efficiency and reduce costs while seeing more patients.”
“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.”