Saint Michael’s Medical Center

Improves patient care and reduces costs with real-time tracking of assets

Published on 19 Aug 2010

The new system allows our biomedical engineering team to better use their time managing and maintaining equipment and allows nurses to focus on patient care rather than looking for equipment.

Angelo Schittone, VP and CIO, Saint Michael’s Medical Center

Customer
Saint Michael’s Medical Center

Industry
Healthcare

Deployment country
United States

Partner
Sonitor Technologies
Agilysys, Inc.

Overview

Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC) is a 357-bed research and teaching hospital in Newark, New Jersey, as well as a premier teaching and research institution. SMMC also owns and manages the St. James and Columbus campuses, is part of the Catholic Health East system, and is known for its innovative care for heart and cancer treatments.

Business need
As with any hospital, expensive medical equipment is sometimes misplaced or not in the right location. Saint Michael’s needed a way to track equipment to improve patient care and reduce costs, without slowing down busy healthcare professionals.

Solution
Saint Michael’s is placing ultrasound sensor tags on critical mobile assets such as infusion pumps, ventilators, and blood warmers. The ultrasound tags eliminate the risk of electromagnetic interference that is common in RF technology-based solutions. Real-time location service software then tracks the equipment throughout the medical center, generating automatic alerts when devices move to an unauthorized area or inventories in a supply closet are low.

Benefits
• Improves patient care by automatically generating alerts when mobile equipment isn’t in the appropriate place, so healthcare professionals have the right tools on hand when they are most needed • Reduces costs by maximizing utilization of equipment and virtually eliminating losses through misplacement • Increases staff productivity, morale and compliance with regulatory requirements by having the ability to locate equipment quickly and easily

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
WebSphere Sensor Events

Services
IBM Global Business Services

Solution
Asset Management, C-Suite Framework, Cloud & Service Management, Smart Work, Smarter Planet

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