RFID Global Solution, Sonitor Technologies and Intelligent InSites selected by Sanford Health to deploy Real-Time Location System throughout hospital network  

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Orlando, FL, and Reston, VA, February 24, 2014

Sanford Health has selected RFID Global Solution, Sonitor Technologies, and Intelligent InSites to implement a real-time, enterprise solution to improve operational efficiency, quality, and the patient care experience.  The solution supports Sanford’s objectives to decrease operational costs, reduce delays in patient care, and increase clinical efficiencies and staff productivity.

Sanford’s RTLS implementation will result in real-time location data being converted into helpful intelligence in the form of visualized locations of equipment and people on map views, combined with in-depth analytics and reporting. This data will provide Sanford with unprecedented visibility and intelligence into its operational processes.  Initial uses will be asset management, temperature monitoring, and ambulatory and operating room workflow tracking.  Future use cases may include emergency department and inpatient workflows and hand hygiene monitoring.

Sanford plans to seamlessly integrate this solution into day-to-day activities to provide staff with the right information, at the right time, on the right device.  Examples include personalized mobile apps that help caregivers prioritize rounds and track progress against goals; and automatically-updated view boards that show hospital patients their care team and what to expect for the day – all with the goal of improving staff and patient experiences while increasing efficiency.

RFID Global Solution is the systems integrator and managing the infrastructure rollout, Sonitor Technologies is providing its Sonitor SenseTM location transmitters and tags, and Intelligent InSites is providing its InSites platform.

“This is all about improving the experience not only for our patients but also our employees. As a leader in healthcare, both for quality of our clinical care and our use of technology to transform and improve our operations and patient care, this integrated team of leading RTLS providers were obvious partners for Sanford Health,” says Nate White, Chief Operating Officer for Sanford Health.

In Sanford hospitals, the initial focus will be on asset management, temperature monitoring and patient flow, as well as standardizing processes for a consistent and repeatable patient care experience. In clinics, the RTLS solution will help Sanford deliver patient-centered care where patients bypass the waiting room and go to assigned rooms where nurses, physicians, and lab technicians come to them, versus patients making their way around to different service locations.

“We are very pleased to be a partner with Sanford Health in designing and deploying this enterprise scale, state-of-the-art RTLS system throughout Sanford’s hospitals and clinics”, said Diana Hage, CEO of RFID Global Solution.  “Our combined offering gives Sanford an innovative platform to improve the patient care experience and efficient delivery of healthcare,” Hage added.

For the majority of Sanford staff, this technology is “hands-free” and does not require entering information on a keyboard. Location and duration data are acquired and alerts sent automatically with RTLS technology.  The enterprise-wide capabilities will allow Sanford to monitor, benchmark, and improve system-wide, operational performance.

The multi-facility installation will be implemented during the first half of 2014 at Fargo and Sioux Falls Medical Centers. Sanford’s Moorhead, Minnesota clinic will go live when it opens in March. Additional locations scheduled to start in 2014 include clinics at Aberdeen, Bemidji, Bismarck, Dickinson, Thief River Falls and Worthington, in Minnesota and North Dakota.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China.

Sanford Health includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly a billion dollars in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children’s clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, see sanfordhealth.org.

About RFID Global Solution, Inc.

RFID Global Solution, Inc. is a leading provider of real-time asset management solutions for the healthcare and enterprise markets, based in Reston, VA, and Palo Alto, CA. RFID Global’s offerings include Visi-Trac™ for Healthcare, a real-time workflow and supply management system; and systems integration services such as enterprise-scale system design, software integration and deployment. Learn how RFID Global can improve quality of service, financial performance and health outcomes at rfidgs.com.

About Sonitor Technologies, Inc.

Sonitor Technologies is a privately held wireless technology company with commercial operations headquartered in Stamford, CT and R&D in Oslo, Norway.  Sonitor has developed Sonitor SenseTM, the healthcare industry’s most advanced open integration RTLS platform, which supports a wide range of applications to make hospital operations more efficient. This system combines Sonitor’s High Definition Ultrasound technology with Wi-Fi, Low Frequency RF, and other sensory technologies, which can register motion, temperature and humidity. The result is a revolutionary RTLS system, specifically designed for indoor positioning in complex environments, with exceptional accuracy, increased usability, and decreased total-cost-of-ownership.  Sonitor is selected by world-class partners to build industry-leading solutions for global deployment.  See sonitor.com.

About Intelligent InSites

Intelligent InSites helps transform healthcare with real-time operational intelligence that improves care, enhances the human experience, and increases efficiency. Through its open, real-time, healthcare platform, Intelligent InSites automatically collects and processes data from multiple data sources such as EHRs, financial systems, building systems, sensory and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), mobility solutions, and other healthcare IT solutions – then provides actionable intelligence to achieve cost savings, operational excellence, and better care. By utilizing the enterprise-wide architecture of the InSites platform, healthcare systems can leverage legacy, current, and future data sources to optimize their technology investments across the entire organization, and have the flexibility to meet changing organizational, regulatory, and compliance needs. See intelligentinsites.com.