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4 Obstacles Within the Healthcare Supply Chain

There is no question that those in the healthcare field have been dealing with COVID-19 as best as they can. Unfortunately, the pandemic has exposed crucial cracks in the supply chain of the industry.

During the onset of COVID-19 hospitals were left without inventory of PPE (personal protective equipment) and, in cases like New York, these facilities were mandated to keep a 90-day stockpile of equipment. IBM stated that between 59-81% of organizations reported delays or increased lead times in acquiring supplies.

With the help of Pycube’s supply chain solutions, Montefiore was able to effectively meet the mandated stockpile.

Some of the major challenges that have surfaced in the supply chain are:

1.      Lack of adaptability

With healthcare at the frontline of the pandemic, being able to rapidly adjust to changing conditions is vital. A survey revealed that supply chain solutions are now healthcare CEO’s second-highest priority behind patient safety. Pycube’s supply chain solutions allow for scalability and asset tracking.

2.      Lack of visibility

Healthcare facilities have found it difficult to maintain full transparency between the supply chain and clinical professionals. To have a smooth operating supply chain having access to real-time data is needed but many places do not have it at their disposal or have the wrong data. Pycube allows healthcare facilities to see immediate information through aktivu™ .

3.      Lack of optimization

Fragmented processes make supply chains inefficient. The lack of optimization can lead to excess or shortage of products on hand, expired medication, and failure of equipment. These are all possibilities with supply/demand shocks when a healthcare facility is unequipped.

4.      Lack of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) can play a key role in eliminating human error in the supply chain process. Incorporating Pycube’s cloud-based, AI software aktivu™ can position healthcare facilities for the new “normal”.  With AI, orders can automatically be placed to maintain PAR levels and alerts can be sent for expiring medication.

These four challenges are not the only risk factors for healthcare supply chains but can easy be avoided by integrating aktivu™.

To stay ahead of the curve these facilities need to acclimate as soon as possible. Using Pycube’s supply chain solutions can help detect and protect their assets.

Visit www.pycube.com for more information.

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Posted on 2021-03-10 | pycube.admin

Tracking patient paths will reduce their visit time. Here's how.

When it comes to patients who return often for care, improved patient flow is extremely important to ensure that they not only receive quality treatment within a smaller amount of time, but also that their overall satisfaction with the process is improved.

Since patients with complicated and often chronic illnesses require thorough and specific care routines, it can get difficult for practices to handle larger numbers of returning chronically ill patients while also ensuring their overall satisfaction. When the flow of patients remains random and unorganized, they are faced with longer wait times almost at each step of the process, from the check-in and initial nurse check up to the visit with the clinician and even final checkout, which reduces customer satisfaction drastically in the process.

Research shows that patients tend to be less and less satisfied with the facilities provided, no matter how top-notch, as the waiting time continues to increase. As the patient turns impatient, it may lead to fewer returns. A thorough analysis of patient flow and consequent improvement in the sector is a good way to improve the experience of the patient and the efficiency of the treatment and care provided at the facility.

While the methods and analysis vary from clinic to clinic, improving the efficiency of the said process can be as easy as redirecting existing resources to reduce the physical distance between the patient and the care being provided. In one instance, a laboratory for a blood test was moved from a different floor to a renovated patient room, thus, reducing the distance between the patients who required the tests with the actual laboratory drastically.

Once the analysis is done, the patient traffic can be redirected using existing resources to prevent bottlenecks at any stage of the visit. Further, the collected data and consequent analysis can help identify issues at each stage, evaluate staff service and improve upon them and work to make the process efficient overall, giving the staff complete control over the problems faced and their solutions. One can design the system to give feedback at each stage of the visit, so the waiting time can be reduced immensely in the future using specific tactics.

With Pycube’s patient tracking solutions, you can track patient movement through the hospital and use this data to improve patient flow efficiency, and more importantly, optimize the path traversed by returning patients to ensure their visit is always pleasant.

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Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin

Is Your Healthcare Facility Paying for Unnecessary Utility Usage? There's a way to find out.

Is Your Healthcare Facility Paying for Unnecessary Utility Usage? There's a way to find out.

Utility usage is often an under looked expenditure at healthcare facilities. Small expenses, like continuous use of electricity in an empty room, can accumulate and make a dent on the overall budget. On the flipside, expecting staff to constantly monitor such situations can be a waste of their time. This is where technology comes into play.

Pycube’s SyncSens™ assists in asset management by tracking and monitoring utilities and equipment. This asset management tool with aktivu™ also provides real-time updates on due maintenance of the assets owned by the facility, which helps in avoiding any equipment malfunctions and saves costs.

Let’s look at a few simple steps that can have a transformative impact in healthcare facilities to help them effectively manage utility usage and reduce their costs.

● Invest in energy-saving lighting and fixtures that can be automated, meaning that these lights sense the presence of staff or patients in the room and adjust the lighting accordingly. A few systems also gauge the time of day and optimize brightness automatically. Although this may seem financially draining due to the initial upfront costs, the amount of energy saved will impact the overall energy consumption.

● Keeping the environment cool and at optimal temperature is one of the biggest needs of a healthcare facility. A system that can detect the increased number of individuals in a room and adjust accordingly to maintain the level of coolness in a room will largely impact energy and utility savings. This is also beneficial as not every room of a hospital is occupied at all hours.

● Another area where a hospital spends a majority of capital on utilities: Water. While it is crucial that a healthcare facility is supplied with continuous water flow as and when required, it is also crucial that a water management system is brought into place through intelligent sinks, urinals, and toilets to manage water wastage effectively. This also leads to better sanitization as there’s always a steady supply of sanitary water for consumption.

● There are quite a lot of cities that have access to direct sunlight throughout the year. Installation of solar panels is not only economical for a hospital, but also for the environment. If planned well, this can help the facility save money exponentially every year, while at the same time, will leave a surplus amount of energy for important tasks at the right time.

Beginning to take these steps will help healthcare facilities tremendously reduce capital expenditure, and those savings can be invested into bettering the basic functionalities of the facility and managing assets better. These measures can be monitored, tracked and executed by asset tracking solutions, like aktivu™ and SyncSens™ by Pycube. Drop in a message to learn more.

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Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin

Tracking Lost Assets: The Use of RFID in Healthcare

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology has been expanding its reach into many industries. Due to its effectiveness and convenience, RFID technology has firmly established itself as a necessary asset to have. Asset management in the healthcare industry is no exception to RFID technology’s expansion.

Pycube is an innovative technology company specializing in delivering Enterprise Asset Management Solutions to the Healthcare Industry. A pioneer in providing efficient solutions for managing enterprise assets in the healthcare industry, Pycube’s team of experienced industry leaders have expertise in technology that helps in managing assets and tracking lost assets in the healthcare industry using RFID.

Pycube’s AI-based software and hardware, aktivu™ and SyncSens™, are developed for the very purpose of healthcare asset management. RFID technology has become very essential in the logistics and management of healthcare assets. Digitalization has proven to be a vital element in increasing the safety and efficacy of tracking medical assets, patients, and medicines in hospitals. RFID tags are cheap, easy to deploy, and integrate within items for tracking, making them the perfect solution to mundane, as well as illustrious problem statements. [AA2]

SyncSens™ RFID can be used to track assets within the hospital facility. Passive to active RFID tags are deployed depending on the needs of the facility. SyncSens™ RFID can alert staff through audible and visual alarms when assets leave the facility or enter a location it should not be. Real-time asset tracking and retrieval can be performed with SyncSens™ Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS). It gives you a bird’s eye view of the asset storage location. SyncSens™ Environmental Monitoring uses a variety of sensors to measure and monitor temperature, pressure, humidity, CO2 levels, etc, thus ensuring that perishable assets are stored in the correct environmental conditions. SyncSens™ also helps in preventing any unauthorized access taking place in areas that are restricted to some staff.

aktivu™ is Pycube’s Enterprise Asset Management intelligent, cloud-based platform. This platform allows your hospital to not only track and locate your assets, but also analyze and gain insights about their lifecycle. A scalable and modular platform like aktivu™ allows your hospital to focus all its attention on the patients as asset monitoring is automated and simplified. aktivu™ alerts you when your assets pass through designated checkpoints throughout the healthcare facility, which prevents accidental walk-offs from the facility and loss of assets. [AA3]

RFID is rapidly expanding and evolving throughout the healthcare industry and this sector is expected to undergo exponential growth in the coming years. RFID’s benefits outweigh its costs, thus making it one of the most sought-after technologies. Pycube’s revolutionary and holistic asset management and tracking solutions cater to a variety of services and solutions. SyncSens™ and aktivu™ help hospitals in tracking medicines, pharmaceuticals, surgical tools, and single-use items through inventory tracking and authentication. Large and expensive equipment such as machines and hospital beds can be tracked by real-time tracking systems. Pycube, though, is a use-case solutions provider – meaning the needs of your hospital is taken into consideration when constructing the solution, and your hospital is expected to see value from day one. Get in touch with the experts behind Pycube’s aktivu™ and SyncSens™ RFID to learn how they can help you to efficiently set up your hospital asset management system, track and streamline patient flow and optimize staff efficiency. [AA5]

 

 

[AA1]SyncSens isn’t a software – it’s a hardware, so this is not true.

[AA2]Poor flow.

[AA3]This is three sentences smushed into one, please reword and separate thoughts properly.

[AA4]The same point as above applies here as well.

[AA5]This blog read very simple, passive, and wasn’t that engaging. Please fix to add a sense of voice in the blog to make it easier to read.

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Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin

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