As regulatory requirements increase in complexity and scope, healthcare providers are responding with strategic investments in technology to improve their performance on measures for human safety, security and privacy. For example, consider the FDA’s Good Tissue Practice Rule.

For many years, senior living facilities have used technology to support caregivers in assessing and managing resident care. The technologies have helped address challenges such as fall management, vital sign monitoring, emergency call, and more. Fortunately, we already have come a long way from an era in which at-risk residents were often physically restrained to prevent falls and continually tethered to monitors with wired sensors. But many of the capabilities in place are still reactive.

Joint Commission audits come around with the regularity of winter – and are usually about as welcome. But just as with frosty weather, being prepared can turn a Joint Commission audit from something to be endured into something to celebrate. We talk regularly with clients about their experiences with audits of their infant protection measures. It’s important to emphasize that auditors have latitude in how they approach an audit, and we continue to hear of new approaches and angles all the time.

The importance of supply chain inventory control is well documented.  According to Gartner Research, healthcare organizations can reduce the 40-45% operating costs attributed to supply chain by as much as 5-15% if they better analyze, plan and control the purchase and use of goods and services.  In today’s competitive healthcare environment, reducing cost while still providing quality care is an ongoing challenge.

Workflow_imageIt’s an exciting time in the world of infant protection: we’re entering a period of innovation and rapid change that often comes with disruptive technology—in this case, the new generation of infant protection that leverages the Wi-Fi network to extend protection hospital-wide.

Clinical inventory management in procedural areas is a complex and time-consuming responsibility.  It always amazes me—and our customers—the large gap in perceived inventory value to actual inventory value.  We’re talking a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars!  Recently, I was talking to a customer who thought they had $1.8MM across four departments.  After the initial audit, with all inventory data accurately reflected in the system, it was actually over $3MM (owned and consigned).

We’re so excited to announce the brand new STANLEY Healthcare site is officially up and running, incorporating several significant additions and enhancements: NEW!

At STANLEY Healthcare, we are fortunate to participate in a variety of industry events—they may be large or small, but all are impressive gatherings for the best and brightest in healthcare. On June 21-25, we’ll be in Nashville, TN for the 2014 Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society™ Conference, which addresses how to promote safe and effective prevention and management of wound, ostomy and continence disorders.

The Patient Flow Summit is on this week in Las Vegas, bringing together providers and vendors with an interest in improving efficiency in clinics, the ED and OR. The stakes are certainly high.

With several family and friends in the nursing profession, it’s obvious to me that they have a special combination of character traits that lend to providing compassionate care, while dealing with unique personalities and circumstances that make the rest of the world squirm.  Inevitably, they are the first to respond calmly to a burn or fall accident at a family BBQ.  To the ones I love: Happy National Nurses Week.