Aionex Streamlines Hospital Workflow with APRP Service-Based System

November 1, 2007

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Aionex Streamlines Hospital Workflow with APRP Service-Based System

Healthcare solutions provider Aionex is starting to deploy its Advanced Patient Response Platform (APRP) service-based solutions for organizing work flow and patient care in hospitals. The APRP aims to streamline communication of hospital events while determining ownership of tasks as they relate to patient care or employee responsibility.

The APRP, a subscription model infrastructure, interfaces existing clinical tools with provided components. The system includes RFID tags embedded in badges and stickers, RFID interrogators, system software, display panels and touch-screen kiosks. “Essentially what our system does is it becomes like a central nervous system for a hospital,” says Curt Freemyer, CEO of Aionex.

The APRP system manages work flow and patient requests by providing each employee and operating room patient with an RFID-enabled badge or sticker, which is identified by a scanner. The scanner relays information back to the system, where it can be accessed by employees through touch-screen kiosks around each hospital facility. These terminals are the human interface to the data being collected by the sensor-based system. “It tracks work flow and then it reminds people and measures their response to certain requirements,” says Freemyer.

As the APRP system monitors the required tasks of hospital staff, it also determines whether they were completed within an appropriate timeframe. “For example,” says Freemyer, “we’re automatically tracking people and we’re automatically creating workflow by what we see that they’re doing and what is requested in the different service lines.” The system also gives management the ability to review these tasks either in real time or on a pre-determined schedule.

The APRP's handheld RFID scanners contain SkyeTek's M1 RFID module. All other components are manufactured internally by Aionex. “The only other OEM products we use are embedded devices, PCs, touch-screen monitors and flat-panel LCDs, which are provided by a variety of vendors,” says Freemyer.

As the Aionex system continues to develop, plans for incorporating facial recognition tools like photon recognition and measurement devices as well as beam splitters for virtual keyboards are being explored.

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