by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | February 22, 2019
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Paul Schulz is no stranger to process improvement, and in recent years he has come to understand the potential RTLS has to make hospitals more efficient than ever.
HealthCare Business News sat down with him to learn more about his background with real time location systems and what insight he can share with healthcare providers to help make their adoption of the technology go more smoothly.
HCB News: Real time location systems (RTLS) can be the key to unlocking significantly improved workflow efficiency in healthcare. In your experience do most hospitals and health systems recognize the value in RTLS or is it still something that is misunderstood or flying under the radar?
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Hospital systems are starting to understand the value of innovation and need to innovate deeper into operations will push RTLS data and deployment in the coming years. Recently the advent of business intelligence challenging the current state of operational reporting is helping people consumer larger data sets with greater understanding. Historically RTLS has been a great vehicle to understand location, status and provide notifications to help automate workflow steps but information about care process workflows are providing leaders improved views. The phrase, “flying under the radar” actually fits well into the potential for teams to create improved patient care processes.
When systems improve the need for more accurate data to run the system usually runs in tandem. Health care budgets are investing anywhere from 50-65 percent of total cost into care resources. In most cases the measurement of care resides in hours per patient day. RTLS helps us understand minutes in the care cycle unlocking visibility and the opportunity to ask more intelligent questions from the data presented from RTLS systems. For the patient and the care team, optimizing care minutes because wasted steps become evident can be a game changer within the care environment.
HCB News: Can you tell us about your own background and how you came to be an expert in RTLS?
Let’s hold off on expert status with early stages of full RTLS still alluding us but the value it has brought to an industry needing operational data has been exciting. I’m thankful for the 20 years of process engineering and the lesson’s provided striving to be ‘world class’ to compete. The past 11 years in healthcare started by helping organizations build improvement models based on lean, six-sigma or leveraging proven models or Studer principals.