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Zebra Technologies Helps NHS Hospital Boost Efficiency

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Zebra Technologies Helps NHS Hospital Boost Efficiency

Digital Solution Saves Nearly 90,000 Staff Hours Annually

  • Zebra’s MotionWorks solution transforms operational and procurement workflows and elevates patient care
  • Improved procurement decisions and access to critical equipment
  • 87,500 staff hours saved annually across 2,500 staff
  • Zebra collaborated with Tagnos and The Barcode Warehouse

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (The Trust) is using Zebra’s MotionWorks real-time location solution (RTLS) to manage, track and trace medical equipment across its two large clinical campuses at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. The Trust, which provides healthcare to nearly one million patients annually, needed technology to track its critical equipment.

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RFID for Real-Time Localization

Within The Trust’s Scan4Safety programme, an initial radio frequency identification (RFID) pilot was planned for its intensive care unit (ICU) since it was difficult to track life-sustaining machines accompanying ICU patients as they were moved across wards and departments.

The real-time data insights generated by Zebra’s RFID solution has helped The Trust reduce cost driven by better procurement decisions and stock management. Patient care has also improved with the ability to prevent procedure cancellations due to misplaced items, helping ensure quick access to critical equipment during surgeries. Based on these outcomes, The Trust has expanded the use of Zebra’s solution across both main campuses and all patient-facing departments, saving 35 hours per year across 2,500 staff for a total of 87,500 hours annually shifted from looking for items to caring for patients.

“Biggest RFID in Healthcare Deployment in Europe”

“We believe this is the biggest deployment of RFID in healthcare for real-time location tracking in Europe, and Zebra has been a great support,” said Rachael Ellis, Scan4Safety Programme Director, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. “The system is flexible and easy to use, and colleagues have taken to it quickly, so we see huge potential for RFID to be deployed across other Trusts. The best outcome is a clear improvement to patient care. If we always have the right equipment on-hand when it’s needed, we can ultimately shorten length of stays which is a great result.”

The Trust selected Zebra for its openness to accommodate changing needs along with its ecosystem of technology and support as well as proven use cases with retailers and logistics providers who typically deploy RTLS across number sites to track thousands of items. Zebra and its partners, Tagnos and The Barcode Warehouse collaborated closely with The Trust to design and implement the solution which includes FX7500 fixed RFID readers, TC52-HC rugged mobile computers, RFD8500 handheld RFID sleds and ZT411 RFID industrial printers. The solution is also supported by Zebra’s OneCare maintenance plan.

Expansion of Zebra’s RFID solution on the horizon

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The Trust plans to expand the Zebra MotionWorks solution to track patients’ personal belongings and manage equipment inventory. The solution’s versatility and scalability will help drive more operational healthcare improvements, now and in the future.

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