How to enhance your hospital’s workflow solution: The importance of real-time analytics

What does a winning healthcare system look like?

According to recent data, top-performing hospitals are using real-time data analytics to adjust workflows and direct staff members according to current needs.

This is especially making a difference in emergency rooms, where long wait times cause overcrowding and delays in medication administration for patients with injuries and illnesses such as broken bones and infections.

More emergency rooms are turning to RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) platforms such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion to provide real-time information, making on-the-fly decision making more effective in busy hospitals and clinics.

The RTLS Advantage in Emergency Rooms

Using RTLS to take emergency room care to the next level is a strategy that unlocks real-time facility-related data and puts it in the hands of those who need it most.

RTLS-based platforms such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion provide a dashboard with wait times of patients. It also sends notifications to staff when patients have exceeded wait times. A capacity meter provides a visual for staff to quickly see where they are at with patients in the waiting area and exam rooms, compared to their goal.

A quality real-time locating system solution can also provide room utilization and cycle time, in real-time, so that decisions can be made quickly while room boards keep staff in sync. It doesn’t take long before the facility is moving smoothly throughout the day. Real-time locating systems collect invaluable data showing where staff are spending time throughout the day to better understand if location of rooms or equipment should be moved to provide more face-to-face time with patients.

Overcoming Tight Emergency Room Spaces and Inefficient Layouts

The layout of a facility is also a determining factor in the way patients receive ER care. A study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that hospitals with shorter distances between delivery rooms delivered fewer babies by cesarean section. The power of RTLS allows inefficient layouts to be countered with a workflow solution that can minimize the negative effects.

In the big picture, Fuzion’s flexible reports aide healthcare systems in making critical decisions related to the facility and resources.

If reports are showing rooms are filled the majority of the time, is it time to add more beds? When does it make sense to bring on more employees? Is it time to build another wing or add another building? Answers to these questions can be hard to uncover. However, Fuzion can gather and package data in a way that healthcare organizations move one step closer to an educated decision.

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