Versus Technology Doesn’t Need to Develop RFID in Northern Michigan, But Wouldn’t Dream of Doing it Anywhere Else

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a lot of time, but it’s hard to pull off if the doctor needs to see 30 or 40 patients in a day. The biggest problem, Snowday says, is a doctor interacting with a patient at the wrong time. If a doctor pops into a room before vitals are taken or other prerequisites done, it’s a waste of time.

With the Versus system, he says, “you know exactly where every patient is, exactly when they’ve checked in, where they are in the process, and who needs to be seen next by a doctor, regardless of what order they came in the building.”

The system really makes a difference for hospital administrators, who can save money, and hospital staff, who are no longer required to enter data into a system because it’s entered automatically for them through their RFID badges. The attitude among nurses and clinicians, Snowday says, is not that it’s an intrusion, but that “you can have my badge when you tear it from my cold, dead fingers. This helps me with my day, makes me more efficient, and helps make sure I get to go home at 5 instead of 8.”

One of Versus’ many dealers is Farmington Hills, MI-based Dynamic Computer, which sells the RFID system to hospitals and clinics to ensure hand-washing compliance. A sensor in the soap dispenser can tell whether a worker has washed his or her hands. Sounds Big Brother-ish, but hospital-acquired infections are a huge problem right now, costing the industry a lot of money. Better hand hygiene is a simple way to attack it.

Whether it’s for specific tasks like hand washing or more general process tracking, Snowday says, Versus’ systems are installed in more than 500 hospitals across the country.

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