Saint Michael’s Medical Center

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

Published on 19-Aug-2010

Validated on 15 Aug 2013

"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

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

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Healthcare

IBM Business 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

Case Study

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.

The 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.

The 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.

What Makes it Smarter
• 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

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Products and services used

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

Hardware:
System x: System x3650

Software:
WebSphere Sensor Events

Service:
IBM Global Business Services

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