The use of wristbands to identify hospital patients has been a standard practice for well over half a century. Handwritten, typed or printed, wristbands were originally created to provide an easy way for caregivers to verify identity at any point along the patient’s healthcare journey. From newborns in the delivery area to geriatric patients in rehabilitation, everyone got a wristband. And that’s how things worked until the introduction of barcode technology.
By putting barcodes on hospital wristbands, healthcare facilities can leverage a host of connected technologies to improve safety and quality of care. It’s also the most effective way to comply with the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) to “Improve the accuracy of patient identification,” which the Joint Commission has included in its annual goals since 2003.
Throughout its operations, Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has embraced technology as a means of enhancing resident safety and independence, and staff productivity. The facility had been a satisfied user of STANLEY Healthcare’s WatchMate wander management system for many years, but in 2010, Vice President of Senior Services Gerard Kaiser and his team embarked on a review of Broadlawn Manor’s wander management needs and took the decision to migrate to a new generation of technology with greater functionality.
Read this case study to learn how Long Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center achieves more accurate, convenient and efficient wander management with RoamAlert® Solution.
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Published Date: Jan 09, 2014
On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP's) final rule requiring affirmative action requirements for individuals with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for protected veterans under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) takes effect. The long anticipated final regulations will substantially impact federal contractors and their affirmative action plans for individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment, providers are faced with more challenges than ever when running acute rehabilitation programs. From treating the right patient at the right time to costly reimbursement battles, there is no shortage of issues that can interfere with delivering the best level of care. Addressing these problems is especially urgent when it comes to treating highly acute patients. To succeed, providers must learn strategies for overcoming the two most daunting obstacles: patient access and reimbursement. This guide examines the best practices for meeting these challenges.
Studies indicate strong patient and family engagement in clinical care positively contributes to a favorable experience, as well as improved health outcomes and reduced costs. Learn how incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives can better position providers to overcome the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
Mobility is sweeping across the enterprise. Consider a company like Kindred Healthcare, which has boosted the productivity of its rehabilitation therapists and the accuracy of its patient records through the use of mobile devices.