Additionally, Sentara was able to build its asset tracking system onto a Versus RTLS network already in use for nurse call automation. By leveraging this existing architecture for their pilot, Sentara saved approximately half the cost of a typical RTLS installation.
We get approached to do pilots all the time, says SusanPouzar, Vice President of Sales forVersus. Sentara was different. Theyd already been through one pilot, so when they came toVersus, they knew exactly what they did and did not want to see. Sentara was also very direct about ROI. They didnt want to just see assetsthey wanted arealreturn on investment.
Upon its initial pursuit of RTLS for asset tracking, Sentaras primary goal was to reduce equipment loss. The number of assets written off because they were deemed Unable to Locate by the systems biomedical engineering vendor represented significant savings. Further into its evaluation of RTLS, Sentara realized they could improve ROI further by focusing on equipment utilization.
Sentara and Versus tagged 500 assets and turned on the system to collect valuable baseline data prior to rolling out the front-end software to staff, which happened three weeks later. Comparing utilization data from the three-week periods prior to and after go-live showed significant ROI:
-IV Pump utilization increased 17%