Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Improves Work Flow

March 5, 2010

VALENCIA, Ca., March 1, 2010 — Today, AT&T* and AeroScout, announced that Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital contracted with AT&T for the deployment of AeroScout’s Wi-Fi RFID Asset Tracking and Temperature Monitoring solutions. These solutions facilitate Henry Mayo’s ongoing improvement of daily workflow, staff satisfaction and operational efficiency as well as reducing rental equipment costs and enhancing patient care and safety.

Henry Mayo is a 221-bed, not-for-profit community hospital and trauma center located in the heart of Santa Clarita Valley. Recently named a disaster resource center for Los Angeles County, Henry Mayo is responsible for providing medical equipment, medication and care to the entire community in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. To quickly locate and manage assets during an emergency and in day-to-day operations, the hospital’s management team – representing biomedical engineering, facilities, central supply, transportation, security, IT and disaster planning resources – sought a Real Time Location System (RTLS).

After evaluating solutions from four vendors, Henry Mayo selected AT&T along with AeroScout to assist Henry Mayo in improving efficiencies and reducing costs. AT&T, Henry Mayo’s primary telecommunications provider, recommended an asset tracking and management solution from AeroScout, a leading provider of unified asset visibility for the healthcare industry. The solution is designed to help the hospital track the use of key assets such as beds, wheelchairs, gurneys, patient-controlled analgesia pumps and infusion pumps. The hospital now has the ability to optimize asset management and equipment utilization levels throughout all departments. Additionally, AeroScout’s Temperature Monitoring solution is used to facilitate compliance with The Joint Commission regulations by ensuring refrigerator temperatures remain within the specified range for pharmaceuticals, tissue samples and other temperature-sensitive material.

“We chose to work with AT&T because of its ability to deliver solutions for all our telecommunications needs,” said Cindy Peterson, Chief Information Officer at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. “In addition, AeroScout’s robust set of solutions not only met our defined needs, but also supported many more potential uses. Another important factor was that AeroScout was able to leverage and complement our Cisco Unified Wireless Network, as this is the Wi-Fi network that we’ve made our standard.”

Henry Mayo has already begun to realize hard cost savings from its Wi-Fi RFID deployment. For example, the hospital has reduced its rental equipment expenses. In one instance, the hospital’s central supply department received a request to rent 10 infusion pumps. By checking in AeroScout’s MobileView software and locating unused equipment in the hospital’s ICU, no additional pumps were found to be necessary and the hospital saved on its rental costs.



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