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 News Release - June 2, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) extends Radianse real-time location system across Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Based on proven performance at two UPHS hospitals, enterprise-wide agreement inked

PHILADELPHIA--(HSMN NewsFeed)--When the doors open later this year at the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, part of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) , anything that moves inside the outpatient OR and endoscopy facilities can be assigned a small, low-cost active-RFID tag from Radianse.

In the first phase of an enterprise-wide agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Radianse will install a real-time location system (RTLS) and web-based Radianse Reveal applications for asset tracking and vendor tracking to increase efficiency and utilization and streamline care processes in this state-of-the-art ambulatory center.

A Radianse RTLS and asset tracking application are already in use and delivering returns at two UPHS hospitals -- across perioperative services at HUP since 2005 and in the emergency department of Penn Presbyterian since 2006.

Cost saving and efficiency gains from Radianse asset tracking on record

“Real-time asset tracking has delivered as we had expected – in cost-savings, efficiency and improving the patient experience,” said Jim Mullen, M.D., associate executive director of HUP and corporate director of perioperative services for UPHS. “It’s so simple and ubiquitous; the Radianse application is accessible from any web browser and we tag everything from surgical tables to infusion pumps. This eliminates the ‘hunt and gather’ missions that used to take away from direct patient care and supports on-time surgical procedures.”

Losing time across several procedures daily can quickly add up in overtime costs and staff and patient dissatisfaction, added Dr. Mullen.

The Perelman Center will deploy 2,000 tags to track surgical equipment, primarily to room-level precision. The Radianse location software provides room-level location accuracy without the need for a receiver in each room, which further reduces installation cost. Where receivers are needed, it is a simple plug-in to the existing network infrastructure. Radianse ID-tags will be assigned to vendors who can also be tracked to the room-level. For example, in some specialties, vendors are on-site regularly to ensure surgeons have the appropriate inventory. Having a simple way to track vendor location is expected to improve service.

“The choice of Radianse to meet the enterprise-wide location needs for UPHS is extremely gratifying,” said Manuel Lowenhaupt, M.D., Radianse president and CEO. “As a large, complex healthcare institution, UPHS has done its due diligence, confirming the accuracy and effectiveness of a Radianse RTLS in two of the most demanding environments in any hospital. By choosing to extend the Radianse platform, there is virtually no limit to how UPHS administrators and clinicians can gather and use location-based information to improve care.”

About Radianse

Radianse, Inc. is solely focused on enabling healthcare process improvement using real-time location. The Radianse Reveal platform is powered by a hospital’s existing wired or Wi-Fi network, enabling a single system for accurate, room-level location of assets, patients and/or staff. Radianse Reveal workflow applications and tools let hospitals measure and manage patient wait times, orders and lab status, where and when beds are available and whether equipment is clean and ready for use. More than 60 institutions have installed Radianse systems in the U.S. to see, analyze and respond to care as it happens, improving quality, safety and opportunities to reduce costs and increase revenue.

Source: Radianse

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