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Versus Technology, Inc. Announces Successful Implementation of Automatic Hospital Tracking System at Anne Arundel Medical Center
Date:1/14/2009

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Versus Technology, Inc. (Versus) has successfully implemented VISion: Asset Management(TM) at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland, ushering in a new era of efficiency and equipment monitoring at the 300+ bed facility. VISion is a real-time locating system (RTLS) that will allow AAMC to better track the movements of hospital assets throughout the medical center, improving staff efficiency and allowing for enhanced monitoring of patient flow.

Since the activation of Versus VISion(TM) asset tracking technology in October 2008, AAMC has been tracking 600 hospital assets in and between the AAMC Acute Care, Clatanoff and Edwards pavilions: over half a million square feet of hospital real estate. When the hospital completes a current expansion project adding a second patient tower, more than 3,000 hospital assets will be tracked using the Versus infrared and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

"Asset tracking with Versus is unique at AAMC in that, first and foremost, we're using this as a solution for our nursing staff, rather than the typical maintenance tool," said Richard Constantineau, Manager of Biomedical Engineering at AAMC. "The tracking initiative began with mobile medical equipment such as hospital beds, but we discovered within a week of the asset tracking software going live that nurses and escorts really need to find specialty items that biomed would never consider, such as recliners, walkers, and bariatric commodes."

Constantineau explained that searching for items across the hospital -- especially those in short supply -- can tax nursing efficiency and divert focus from clinical responsibilities. "Our immediate goal is to increase efficiencies for nursing staff, and to help them find the items they need quickly." According to Constantineau, it could take up to an hour or two per day, per nurs
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