GE’s AgileTrac, has been integral in helping hospitals better manage their assets, patients and operations.
Technology and software across the GE Healthcare portfolio are helping healthcare providers to offer safer, more efficient care to their patients.
Patient Safety Awareness (PSA) Week commences on March 3, 2013 with this year focused on celebrating the advancements in patient safety, while recognizing the challenges that remain—and commitments to work on them. The theme chosen for this year is: ‘Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care.’ PSA Week is a campaign for healthcare safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which highlights the issue of patient safety as one of the most important priorities for hospitals.
As an industry leader, GE Healthcare has committed to working alongside healthcare professionals to find new ways to drive better outcomes and improve the patient’s healthcare experience by addressing patient safety issues such as medical errors, near-misses, and hospital acquired infections.
GE Healthcare has become prominent in the pursuit of better patient safety. In January 2013, GE Healthcare joined Masimo Corporation and other healthcare organizations globally in the pursuit of zero preventable patient deaths by 2020. In a pledge to affirm the company’s patient safety commitment, Tom Gentile, President and CEO, Healthcare Systems, GE Healthcare, highlighted how the company has and will continue to work closely with hospital providers and industry partners to find new ways to drive better outcomes and improve the patient’s healthcare experience and safety.
“We feel great responsibility to collaborate closely with hospital providers and industry partners to pursue zero preventable deaths,” Gentile said. “Our pledge outlines how the company is tackling this goal, for instance by expanding access to GE Healthcare technologies across the globe, supporting caregiver training and education, developing innovative technologies that accelerate clinical decisions, and delivering connected systems that work across the hospital.”
Technology and software across the GE Healthcare portfolio are helping healthcare providers to offer safer, more efficient care to their patients. These are just a few of the many solutions GE Healthcare has led.
The GE Patient Safety Organization (PSO)
In February 2011, The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) listed the GE-MERS National Patient Safety Organization (GE PSO) as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) program. Web-based and user-friendly, MERS-TH gives members a powerful tool to record and analyze adverse events and near-misses with single-click functionality and the PSO will also accept data from other event reporting systems. The GE PSO disseminates insights/information derived from analysis and evaluation of the qualitative and quantitative data submitted to the GE PSO to members on a monthly basis.
Additionally, the GE PSO recently launched the Global Patient Safety Network (GPSN). An online community of healthcare professionals and healthcare providers dedicated to one cause – the improvement of patient safety both locally and globally. The GPSN provides the ability for members of the work on the “how” to improve patient safety by discussing, collaborating and sharing best practices in a live, secure and private environment.
In addition, GE’s AgileTrac, has been integral in helping hospitals better manage their assets, patients and operations.
The technology provides a real-time, holistic view of how hospital resources. Using real-time location system (RTLS) technology and applications to track the physical location of each patient, asset, and staff member, the AgileTrac operational platform communicates with the hospital's clinical and business systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
“GE Healthcare’s AgileTrac offers complete and real-time visibility into the flow and working of assets and resources in a hospital,” noted Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Nandini Bhattacharya. “In addition to offering rapid and easy identification of asset location, the solution offers visibility on inventory stock levels and potential workflow bottlenecks. Such total visibility allows hospital personnel to proactively address any holdups, resulting in optimum capacity utilization.”
Ultimately this can help optimize the patient's experience by reducing wait times and delays.
Trophon: Ultrasound Disinfecting System
Realizing there was a significant need to address transducer disinfection, GE Healthcare partnered with Australian-based Nanosonics, a leader in the development of innovative technology for infection control, in 2006 to assist in bringing to market a fast, easy, complete ultrasound probe disinfecting system. In 2012, GE announced a $7.5 million investment in Nanosonics to further develop and distribute Trophon EPR, an ultrasound transducer disinfecting system. The investment was made through GE Equity Asia and the GE healthymagination Fund. Currently, Trophon is installed at more than 800 customer sites globally.
“Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are a growing problem, especially in developed countries where more invasive procedures and reusable medical devices exist,” says Gabriel Sharp, Ultrasound Accessories & Supplies Global Product Manager, GE Healthcare. “Over the past 20 years, there has been a 36 percent increase in the number of HAIs in the U.S according to the CDC National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance Report. This has a significant financial impact.”
GE Healthcare will continue to celebrate PSA Week by highlighting a number of news stories and events throughout the week. The company’s products touch patients at every age, in every care area within a hospital from entering the hospital through the emergency room to ultimately, discharge. Through connected systems that work across the hospital, GE Healthcare continually innovates to deliver products and solutions that benefit patients and their care providers.
In 2012, GE announced a $7.5 million investment in Nanosonics to further develop and distribute Trophon EPR, an ultrasound transducer disinfecting system.