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Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
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David F. Carr
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3/25/2014 | 6:04:05 PM
Re: Unicorns & Rainbows
They did say that they had not yet used the data to adjust schedules, but they were thinking about it. Maybe you're right that the result won't be a net gain in number of nurses employed, but it could be a matter of shifting people from one shift or unit to another based on a better analysis of where the greatest need is.
David F. Carr
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3/24/2014 | 10:23:35 AM
Re: Effective Utilization of Resources
Good point. To some extent, correlating activity with EHR records might help, although that's not typically going to be a minute-by-minute record of what was going on in a given room. Probably the data will be most useful to supervisors who already have some knowledge of what's going on in the nursing unit and can interpret it correctly, make staffing adjustments as needed.
Shane M. O'Neill
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3/18/2014 | 9:49:57 AM
the greater good
It sounds like the location tracking system is measuring general workflow patterns for the greater good of the staff and patients. I hope that'll always be the goal and tracking doesn't become a lazy way to judge an individual nurse's work performance. There are too many intangibles in the job -- like bedside manner and emotional support -- that count for a lot.
ChrisMurphy
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3/18/2014 | 8:25:18 AM
Re: Heat map image created by Florida Hospital IT
Custom coding isn't dead, as your example shows, David. It's very hard for companies to get the exact "solution" they want even from industry-specific vendors. As companies dig into Internet of things & people like this, they can't expect vendors will know their needs. Those needs are just too industry, company, process specific. 
David F. Carr
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3/17/2014 | 5:57:32 PM
Heat map image created by Florida Hospital IT
A representative of Florida Hospital asked me to clarify that the "heat map" visualization was created by the hospital IT staff -- it uses the data from the Stanley Healthcare AeroScout system, but it's not something you get out of the box with the product.
Laurianne
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3/17/2014 | 3:59:59 PM
Nurse's POV?
I'd love to hear from a nurse here on the pros and cons of such an arrangement. This story reports the amount of running nurses were doing was underestimated. To me that is not surprising.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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3/17/2014 | 10:30:23 AM
Tracking people politely
What's the best way to introduce this kind of personal motion detection tech so it seems useful rather than intrusive? Will be interesting to see if this hospital is able to make the jump from nurses using the tech to getting doctors to accept it.


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