Versus Technology and Columbus Regional Hospital Present Enterprise Locating Solution at HIMSS ’08

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<strong>Traverse City, Mich. &mdash; Feb. 20</strong><br />In a special HIMSS &rsquo;08 Pavilion Product Session on Feb. 26, Columbus Regional Hospital located in Columbus, Ind., will present its innovative use of Versus Technology Inc.&rsquo;s real-time location information system (RTLIS), VISion. A comprehensive RTLIS, VISion combines infrared (IR) and radio-frequency identification (RFID) to precisely locate people and equipment. Veronica Kagley, information systems analyst at Columbus Regional Hospital and HT Snowday, CTO of Versus Technology Inc., will offer practical insight to the benefits of real-time locating. <br /> <br />Using VISion, Columbus Regional Hospital tracks more than 1,500 pieces of equipment enterprise-wide. In addition, it tracks patients within the emergency department, automates nurse presence on its inpatient care floors, identifies staff locations and call alerts in the separate Behavioral Health Unit and plans to extend patient and staff locating to other areas within the facility. In keeping with their core commitment to patient care, Columbus uses Versus&rsquo; location information as the driver for reporting and automation, and integrates VISion to their McKesson ADT, Rauland-Borg Nurse Call and Premise Bed Xpress systems, to automate patient visit milestones, time-stamping, call cancellation and room availability notifications. <br /> <br />&ldquo;We automate events based on the location of a person or item. Wi-Fi presents a sphere of uncertainty, selected the Versus IR-RFID technology because it offered a more accurate and complete solution. We could not rely on Wi-Fi alone to identify the exact room-level location that we must have when performing, and we cannot operate our location processes in that manner,&rdquo; commented Dave Lenart, director of facilities at Columbus Regional.<br /> <br />&ldquo;Hospitals are in constant flux, so it is important for an RTLIS to provide consistent, reliable results,&rdquo; Snowday explained. &ldquo;Columbus Regional understands this and uses VISion to monitor these changes. Tasks that would otherwise be time consuming and direct the caregiver&rsquo;s attention away from the patient are now automated. Columbus Regional is a great model for best practices.&rdquo; <br />

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