“There have been errors at other places across the country, and RFID eliminates those risks. It’s easy to use, and it allows us to eliminate
human error from the equation. We want to make sure we remain as personal as possible and deliver individualized care to our patients.
But it’s also important to invest in technology that lets us stay as state of the art as possible with regards to being absolutely as safe
as we can be. We’ve done that with this technology.”
”This technology allows the RFID reader to detect the patient’s unique signal in the room. The computer won’t allow us to access another
patient’s record while a different patient is in the room.”
”Before the RFID system was in place, we would have to ask the patient to produce three forms of identification to
properly match them with their treatment plans. Now, after an initial registration, the patient’s identification is verified
automatically in one step. This gives us more time to talk to patients about things going on in their lives, helping them
feel more at ease. We’re so pleased with the progress that we’re already thinking about expanding the RFID system to other parts
of the hospital to potentially include staff and radiology accessories”.
”RFID is simple to learn and implement in the clinical
setting, and there are many benefits. Above all,
RFID technology has the potential to increase patient
safety, and this is always a step in the right direction”.
”Patient safety is our top priority. By eliminating all manual intervention to
automatically open the treatment chart for the patient who enters the procedure room,
we can be certain that we have the ‘right patient, right site’ with every single
treatment session. A fully integrated RFID-EMR solution represents a substantive
improvement in patient safety. Our testing to date has shown the system to be highly robust”.
Alliance Oncology considers safe patient treatment a foremost priority and in the modern era of radiotherapy treatment we use a variety of systems to deliver accurate, high-quality care. In an effort to move beyond the conventional tools in place at other facilities, we developed a relationship with XECAN to expand the capabilities of our electronic medical record (EMR) system. With the RFID tools that XECAN helped us implement, we have strengthened our system to better ensure that patients are uniquely identified throughout the department, particularly while receiving treatment on the linear accelerator.
In early 2010, Alliance and XECAN developed a plan around using RFID as a tool for identifying patients and interfacing that identification with the EMR in place at Commonwealth Newburyport Cancer Center. Throughout the collaboration, XECAN met or exceeded all expectations by developing solutions well ahead of schedule and being available during all hours of clinical operation to ensure that the solutions worked appropriately. Bin, Barney, and the entire XECAN team have provided outstanding customer support throughout the entire process.
Alliance is now positioned to implement RFID in a wider range of our facilities. As the EMR becomes a more integral part of healthcare, tools like the RFID system that XECAN worked with Alliance to develop will be essential. On a personal level, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the development effort and I look forward to seeing the RFID – EMR system used to its fullest potential.
Radiation Safety is an important focus in Radiation Oncology. Alliance Oncology collaborating with XECAN we were able to address this very important issue in our clinics. We can guarantee, we have the right chart and right patient every time. Alliance Oncology is committed to providing the best patient care for all our patients.
When explaining the use of the RFID lanyards to our patients, a smile of reassurance comes over their faces knowing that we here at Alliance Oncology have taken the extra steps to ensure the accuracy of their treatment each and every day.
The use of the RFID technology can also help identify workflow issues in the clinic, which in itself can make for a better patient experience. When adding the benefit of asset management to your company, it makes it hard to argue, why one would not want to have this technology implemented.
My experience working with XECAN has been pleasant and effortless. They have exceeded every target goal, taken all our suggestions and implemented them. They have offered around the clock support throughout the implementation. I would recommend XECAN to any clinic, hospital, or business to help them answer their needs."
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