The American Hospital Association Continues its Exclusive Endorsement of Versus Rfid IR Patient, Staff & Asset Tracking

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced it has renewed its exclusive endorsement of RFID IR Patient, Staff, & Asset Tracking from Versus Technology, Inc. Following due diligence and market analysis, the Versus Advantages solution was renewed for its ability to accurately track patients, staff, and assets as well as apply rules-based logic to automate processes.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced it has renewed its exclusive endorsement of RFID IR Patient, Staff, & Asset Tracking from Versus Technology, Inc. AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of AHA, awards the AHA endorsement to products and services that help member hospitals and health care organizations achieve operational excellence. Following due diligence and market analysis, the Versus Advantages solution was renewed for its ability to accurately track patients, staff, and assets as well as apply rules-based logic to automate processes.

The Versus Advantages Infrared (IR) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Real-Time Locating System RTLS enables accurate locating of patients, staff and equipment—to room, bed and even chair levels—allowing hospitals to track time together with patients, perform real-time bed management and alert staff to potential safety concerns whether related to patient volume, infection control or staff safety. By combining safe infrared (IR) and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, Versus provides precise tracking and locating of individuals and assets. Versus badges, worn by patients and staff, and tags, which are attached to hospital equipment, transmit digital IR and RFID signals to ceiling-mounted sensors. The solution can also be integrated with other clinical information systems such as billing, scheduling, or electronic medical records. .

“We are thrilled that Versus’ customers consistently report dramatic improvements in workflows and throughput across organizations, and more importantly, they receive high satisfaction scores across clinical and IT stakeholders,” said Mary Longe, Director, AHA Solutions. “We believe that this system grants health care leaders the situational awareness required to respond to any situation in real-time and better prepare for the future like pay for performance and tightened budgets.”

Versus’ value to hospitals was shown during the due diligence three years ago when the AHA awarded the original endorsement. The value continues today as hospitals such as Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, IN, Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD, and Memorial Hospital Miramar, Hollywood, FL. continue to expand the Versus Advantages solution throughout their organizations. In addition, many clinics such as the Pacific Medical Center’s Canyon Park, Bothell, WA, Virginia Mason Kirkland Clinic, Kirkland, WA, Avera McKennan Cancer Center, Sioux Falls, SD and several Veterans Affairs’ hospitals have reduced patient wait times to mere minutes—and, in some cases, completely eliminated the waiting room all together.

“Versus’ clients, whether representing a full hospital, an ambulatory clinic or an emergency department enthusiastically share their stories and have been featured in past AHA Solutions Signature Learning Series webinars,” said Longe. “We are looking forward to another event in March that will illustrate how Versus has helped hospitals improve their operational performance and patient flow.”

About AHA
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals and health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit http://www.aha.org.

About AHA Solutions
AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct product due diligence and identify solutions to hospital challenges in the areas of finance, human resources, patient flow and technology. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision-making. As a subsidiary of the AHA, the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at (800) 242-4677 or visit http://www.aha-solutions.org.

About Versus Technology, Inc.
Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for health care. Used for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages™ improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency.

Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc., our technology and client successes, visit http://www.versustech.com and take the Advantages Tour.

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