Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board extends iFIT coverage to second site

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital in the region following the successful rollout of iFIT at its Wrexham Maelor site.

The decision to expand the service to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor was accelerated following the Health Board’s reporting of significant savings just weeks after implementing the tracking and business management solution at its first hospital last November.

After only two weeks, the solution from Idox Health generated savings of 50% in filing patient health records, and led to around a 30% reduction in overall effort in the records library.

By using iFIT, the hospital team at Wrexham Maelor have an automated, intuitive and process-led system that tracks and manages all paper-based records within the hospital’s facilities via passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Besides allowing the Health Records staff to retrieve and file records at a faster rate, the results of implementing iFIT have also included a reduction in the occurrences of missing files, a decrease in staff time searching for them, as well as improved audit trails.

Danielle Edwards, Head of Digital Records for the Health Board said, “We are fully committed to delivering the benefits we have experienced in Wrexham Maelor to all of our main sites and are exploring with colleagues at Idox Health the full product range to support improved patient outcomes”.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board runs services that span a large area meaning transporting patient records, supplies and clinical and non-clinical assets across hospital settings can prove costly. iFIT works across sites, supporting streamlined processes and allowing teams to collaborate more efficiently to improve the patient experience. The technology’s integration with the Welsh PAS will also pave the way towards a full electronic patient record.

Steve Wightman, Sales and Marketing Director at Idox Health commented, “The speed at which we have rolled into phase two of this project is a testament to the benefits being derived by the Board and the desire of the Board project team to make an even bigger impact”.

Beyond the scope of paper records, the Health Board has the opportunity to utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, pharmaceutical supplies, pathology samples and vulnerable patients. This will offer further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.

To find out more about iFIT™ and its current use across the health sector, please visit the dedicated Idox Health product page.