Virginia Beach hospital to have high-tech tracking
When Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens in August, it will feature a high-tech way to track who sees patients and how much time caregivers spend in their rooms.
Hospital staffers will be issued badges with tags that are scanned when they enter and leave a patient's room. Different tags will be assigned to different workers, and colored lights outside the room will indicate who is inside: say, blue for a physician or green for a nurse.
The information will be stored on a computer, so workers can better monitor the frequency and duration of the visits.
Equipment, such as portable X-ray machines, can be tagged and tracked through the system, a product of Rauland-Borg, a Chicago communications technology company.
Stephen Porter, president of the Sentara Princess Anne campus in Virginia Beach, said this and other new technology at the hospital will help ensure that patients are getting enough attention. The system also will alert more hospital workers if a patient's call bell remains unanswered for a certain amount of time.
"It's not so much that we're trying to be Big Brother," Porter said. "We're going to be able to provide an environment that allows our staff to be at the bedside more."
Apr 6, '11
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"it's not so much that we're trying to be big brother," porter said.
*** uh, hu. sure.
"we're going to be able to provide an environment that allows our staff to be at the bedside more."
i've seen it used for good and bad on both sides (staff and administration)........i have also seen very creative nurses invent really brilliant ways to avoid dectection for bad behaviors and babysitting by big brother.......you cannot treat intelligent, self directed individuals.....treat them like kindergardeners and not expect some very well placed rebellion and genius solutions.
i remember one who wore it on her lab jacket or stethoscope.........one of which, jacket or stethoscope....make regular rounds
Last edit by Esme12 on Apr 6, '11