10 Apr

Improving Operational Awareness and Efficiency in the Healthcare Industry

Improving Operational Awareness and Efficiency in the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is directly related to human health. As a result, it’s logical to assume that healthcare facilities operate with the utmost efficiency. In fact, healthcare is the top industry that anyone would instantly pick if we were to name a single industry that runs with the highest efficiency. However, this is unfortunately not the case in most situations. Healthcare is concerningly one of the least efficient industries, even in developed countries. This can be attributed to many factors including healthcare systems, funding issues, and employee capabilities. But in the end, it comes down to one thing: people’s ability to organise and coordinate services without assistance.

Most of the underutilisation problems in the healthcare facilities are as simple as that. A thermometer was used by an employee and was forgotten somewhere. A defibrillator was urgently needed in an emergency situation but couldn’t be found, because it was being used by other staff members in an unknown location. Or a piece of equipment was needed but the employee tasked with fetching it doesn’t know exactly what it looks like. These situations may seem trivial and insignificant but in life-or-death situations, these split seconds will make all the difference. Tiny inefficiencies throughout the day can add up to huge distortions in the operations of healthcare facilities.

At Borda, we aim to find solutions to these problems in healthcare facilities. Let’s take a look at the methods we implement to resolve these issues and increase the efficiency of healthcare facilities.

Create Operational Awareness with Asset Management Systems

Borda’s asset management solution makes sure that the inventory recorded in the system matches the reality. Let’s elaborate on this. Manual inventory counting is a challenging process that takes a long time to complete and may even halt healthcare operations entirely. This is why it’s often delayed or rarely conducted. As a result, the inventory situation in healthcare facilities becomes practically unknown shortly after inventory/asset enters the hospital.

However, with our asset management solution, inventory counting becomes a fast and easy process. Borda Asset Management System decreases an inventory counting process that lasts for around 60 days to approximately 1 day. This means it can be conducted more frequently and results in staff having up-to-date information about their inventory situation. During the inventory counting, we notify if an asset is not at the location where it should be or missing while suggesting the right location for that asset.

In an ideal asset management scenario, all items that need to be managed are tagged with RFID tags. These tags are affordable and unobtrusive, with some as small and as thin as a sticker. UHF passive RFID tags don’t require any batteries or maintenance and have a long life expectancy. The tagged items are then registered and logged in a record, which is a part of a management interface.

This is the whole setup process with Borda. Tag and register. That’s all. After this phase is complete, any kind of information that is vital to the equipment can be recorded in the system, such as:

Item names and descriptions
Ideal maintenance and/or calibration frequency
Last maintenance and/or calibration date
Item locations

These are some examples of the type of item information that can be recorded. More information can be added according to each facility’s requirements.

This information is very useful in identifying an item, determining if it needs maintenance, and finding out where it belongs.

But what about finding wayward items? Well, we also have a solution for this.

With our Borda’s handheld device, which is an element of the system, can be set to a “Search & Find” mode. This is useful when looking for an asset or checking if all assets are located in the correct location.

To better explain these capabilities, let’s review a scenario. Let’s say an employee is looking for an item which is needed for an operation. Employees have no idea what the item looks like and all the location information indicates that the item is in a specific storage room. With this little information, it could take a very long time for the employee to locate and identify the item.

But with our solution, the employee can simply turn on the “Search & Find” mode and be guided to the correct item with assistance (in the form of beeping) from the device. To confirm it’s the employee can check the identification information displayed on the device. Simple and quick.

Increase Efficiency in Healthcare

You can divide the healthcare facility into zones by installing RFID signal transmitters on or around the door, gates and access points. These transmitters can identify the tags on items and equipment when they are moved. In this way, the hospital staff can have real-time information about the location of the items. An alert or warning can also be set-up so that when an item is moved from a specific location, the hospital staff will be alerted and informed about the new location of the item.

Such zonal tracking can dramatically increase the speed of processes such as locating, relocating and identifying equipment. It also allows on-site assistance to determine whether it needs maintenance or calibration.

When you consider that some of these processes may completely halt the regular operations of a hospital, these Borda improvements are literally life-saving.

In a nutshell, here’s how our solutions for healthcare facilities can improve the efficiency of hospitals:

Prevents over-purchasing
Increases the speed of locating and relocating equipment
Improves equipment maintenance and calibration processes
Speeds up inventory counting
Allows quick identification of equipment
Increases asset utilization rate

These improvements reduce operational costs, increase employee productivity, and save time for hospitals.

01 Apr



Borda Technology will be exhibiting at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago between April 12th and 16th. Please visit us at our booth 6048 as well as at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion 6656-45. We will be showcasing our Asset Management solutions at the IHP throughout the show.

24 Feb

RFID Patient Paging System – Borda Technology (2 Minutes)

Nobody likes waiting, especially when you’re in poor health or feeling nervous. Sitting around stewing in a room full of other people who feel just like you do is even worse. A seemingly endless wait, stuck in one place, can make patients exhausted and even more worried than when they walked in.

Our Real-Time Patient Paging Solution is based on Active RFID and provides patients the freedom to move around the hospital. They’ll be notified when test results are ready, for example, or when their room is available for them. Borda Technology’s paging solution reduces your patients’ fatigue and anxiety and allows them a seamless transition from one phase of their healthcare journey to the next.

Borda Technology – http://www.bordatech.com

24 Feb

RFID Valet Management Solution – Borda Technology (3 Minutes)

You’re looking to offer complete customer satisfaction. Making visitors — and discharged patients — hang around outside your building waiting for their cars leads to frustration — not sought-after satisfaction. It also doesn’t look too great for those arriving at your facility to see crowds of people impatiently awaiting their cars. With our solution, you can provide customers with a chance to grab a snack or make phone calls in the comfort of your lobby while they wait for the valet to bring them their cars.

Borda Technology – http://www.bordatech.com

24 Feb

RFID Visitor Paging Solution – Borda Technology (2 Minutes)

Crowded hospital corridors and waiting areas don’t look good. And if you’ve ever been stuck there yourself — waiting to check on a friend or family member — you know they don’t feel good, either. With our visitor paging solution, visitors will have the freedom to wait in any area of your building where they’re authorized, and be notified when it’s time for their visit. This improves customer satisfaction and reduces overcrowding in those the areas reserved for waiting. Of course you love doing what you do and where you do it, but most people don’t relish sending time in a hospital, concerned about their loved ones. Trust us: real-time visitor paging will improve everyone’s mood.

Borda Technology – http://www.bordatech.com

07 Feb

RFID Fixed Asset Management Solution – Borda Technology (2,5 Minutes)

Organizations small and large benefit from Borda Technology’s comprehensive Fixed Asset Management Solution. The system provides complete control of your assets and makes your entire staff’s work easier.

Using the power of RFID technology and seamless integration with our software and third-party systems, you can manage all of your assets efficiently while saving AND making money.

Please visit our web site for more information.

07 Feb

RFID Patient Tracking System (RTLS) – Borda Technology (3 Minutes)

In any healthcare facility – large or small – keeping track of every patient all the time can be extremely challenging. That’s why you need Borda Technology’s Real-Time Patient Tracking: to provide you with alerts about patient incidents and to offer essential data that will improve your reporting.

In turn, reports based on up-to-date tracking data will improve decision-making and future planning of operational or structural modifications and upgrades.
Our patient tracking offers unique features like fall detection and configurable tag buttons. Your hospital will stand out as an industry leader in quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Please visit our web site for more information.

07 Feb

RFID Infant Safety System – Borda Technology (3 Minutes)

Harm coming to an innocent newborn is one of the most horrifying things anyone can imagine. When any expectant mother is looking for a hospital to deliver her baby, she and her family will consider the quality of care they will receive and the comfort and protection of both the mother and child. So Borda Technology has created a system that will ensure every new mother and her family that they’re in safe hands.

Our innovative and sophisticated infant tags are engineered to provide advanced security that prevents abductions and safeguards the newest residents of your neo-natal unit.

Please visit our web site for more information.