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.
Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin
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.
Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin
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.
[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.
Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin
Improve Efficiency in Your Hospital with Hospital Asset Management Solutions
Hospital environments are always busy, with a large number of collaborators handling multiple assets (staff, utilities, patients, clinical equipment). This often leaves room for errors to creep in: assets are misplaced, rooms are wrongly assigned, hygiene isn’t maintained, etc. With an asset management solution, you can get real-time updates on the functioning of all your hospital assets, which helps you better track and manage them.
Hospitals are an intricate network of departments, rooms, hallways, machines, tools and staff. Managing each of these ‘assets’ is imperative to efficient operations. That’s where asset management systems come in:
5 Reasons to Get an Asset Management Solution for Hospitals
To reduce inefficiency and errors resulting from manual data management systems, it\'s a wise practice to implement an asset management system for your hospital. Here are some of the reasons for getting an asset management solution.
Hospitals are a busy place, with patients and staff moving around constantly. It can be difficult to maintain equipment schedules, sterilization schedules, and patient records. A digital data system can address this problem. Connecting your medical equipment to Pycube’s enterprise asset management system allows you to receive constant updates and gain real-time information on whether an asset is out of use, sterilized, or available.
Improved Quality of Care
Hospital reputation, like many other industries, depends on feedback. The biggest complaint received by hospitals from patients is in regard to wait time. It is quite common in busy hospitals that the time a patient spends inside exceeds the expected time. An IoT-enabled system can give you live information on the availability of rooms and equipment. Also, Pycube’s high-end, intelligent asset management solution can predict usage trends and anticipate asset needs accordingly, so that extra rooms and appropriate equipment is available at peak hours, ensuring the time a patient spends inside the hospital is optimized with minimal wait time.
A hospital is a very sensitive place since a lot of assets, especially perishables like blood, need to be placed in rooms maintained at a certain temperature and humidity. Even pharmaceuticals, if not stored at the right temperature, can expire. With a data management system, you can log and track the environmental specifications and make sure that all the medicines are in their place. These systems can also send you alerts when a certain room is scheduled for maintenance, thus allowing the maximum usage of medical assets.
Integration with Other Healthcare Systems
Pycube’s intelligent asset management solution can seamlessly integrate with your other IT and operational systems to give you maximum efficiency when it comes to asset management. It automatically collects data from CMS, ERP, and mobile communications, and processes all the collected data to give the hospital staff a bird\'s eye view of how all the assets and equipment are functioning.
Better Asset Utilization
When you have an accurate record of the inventory of all your equipment, including when something needs servicing and when it needs to be replaced, it becomes easier to manage and utilize all the hospital assets to provide better healthcare to your patients.
Hospitals see continuous traffic, at all times and hours of a day. Relying on manual management of assets in such a busy environment can cause inefficiency and decrease the quality of healthcare. Installing Pycube’s asset management solution for hospitals can get your staff real-time updates on all of your hospital data and improve the efficiency of the hospital staff by keeping them informed of their environment at all times.
Posted on 2019-08-27 | pycube.admin