Delivering efficiencies and financial savings
“iFIT has been instrumental in turning around our medical equipment management,” says Brian Long, Head of Medical Electronics at Homerton University Hospital. “We can now locate our equipment easily and quickly. In the past, if an item was moved out of the library or between departments in the middle of the night we wouldn’t know where to find it in the morning.” In addition, all loan equipment is now tagged upon arrival to the hospital. This ensures that the team can return it back to the supplier at the end of the term, hence avoiding unexpected penalty fees.
Improving equipment utilisation with iFIT has considerably reduced expenditure at Homerton University Hospital. Brian gives an example: “We have been able to reduce the size of the equipment library. After implementation and when items were no longer going missing, we discovered that we were overstocked. We have been able to reduce our inventory procurement level by 25%.”
Furthermore, the team can now locate equipment scheduled for maintenance swiftly – wherever it is in the hospital. Following implementation, planned preventative maintenance rates increased from 80% to 95% overnight, significantly reducing patient risk. With iFIT, the trust could also cancel an £80K annual maintenance agreement since it was noted that the equipment covered was no longer in service.
With iFIT, ward audits have become a simple task and are carried out daily. With one scan in each different area, we scan every item in the library, so we immediately know which equipment was moved overnight. Brian adds: “In the past, it would sometimes take a skilled technician all day to find a certain device. This was not only time consuming but also very demoralising; foraging for equipment rather than using their skills to operate them. Now, the time we spend looking for equipment has been reduced from days to seconds.”
The Trust is using the iAssets solution, part of the iFIT tracking and hospital management platform.