Beyond Nurse Call: A Six-Part Series About How RTLS is Revolutionizing Traditional Caregiver Interactions (Part 6 of 6)

Nurse call management software has become increasingly sophisticated enabling modern nurse call systems, which were previously manual, to become fully automated through an array of advanced applications.

Among the most important backbone technologies supporting these systems is Real Time Location System (RTLS). Integrating RTLS offers numerous advantages and opportunities to improve efficiencies and patient satisfaction, collect key data and positively impact outcomes. The following is the last in a multi-part series describing six ways connected intelligence derived from Real Time Location Systems data is revolutionizing traditional caregiver interactions.

Improve Outcomes and Efficiencies with Faster, Quieter Patient Interactions 

Reducing doctor wait times on the phone, decreasing patient request response times by staff and improving communications between staff members, doctors and patients significantly improves patient throughput and satisfaction which positively impacts overall financial outcomes. With RTLS, it can all be done silently, unobtrusively, automatically and in the background. Reduction in nurse station phone alarms from doctors searching for staff or equipment and elimination of nurse call audible alarms via the RTLS-enabled nurse call technology contribute to the quiet-hospital trend that has shown improvement in patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Conclusion

RTLS is already demonstrating a dramatic impact in the clinical setting where patient satisfaction, staff efficiency, equipment tracking accuracy and safety for all constituents are imperatives. Allowing responding caregivers to immediately address the clinical needs of patients supports better patient and caregiver interactions and outcomes. The technology also supports compliance with statutory requirements and improves ease of logging and reporting. RTLS is enabling nurse call functionality to achieve new levels of efficiency and compliance leading to an ultimately superior level of patient care which directly impacts a health care facility’s bottom line.

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