Summary: Vizzia Technologies and Georgia State University released a white paper highlighting a $14 billion annual productivity loss due to nurses spending up to 60 minutes per shift searching for medical equipment. The study emphasizes Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) technology as a solution to enhance nursing efficiency and patient care.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nurses spend an estimated 60 minutes per shift searching for medical equipment, leading to significant productivity losses.
  • The annual cost of this lost productivity in hospitals is approximately $14 billion.
  • Implementing RTLS technology can significantly improve nursing efficiency, patient care, and safety.

Vizzia Technologies has released an academic research white paper that addresses the estimated $14 billion per year in lost productivity by nurses searching for medical equipment.

Vizzia Collaboration with Georgia State University

Vizzia collaborated with Georgia State University (GSU). Its Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions conducted an extensive peer-reviewed research project on the applications of RTLS to improve healthcare delivery.

Findings on Lost Productivity

The following findings were published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS):

  • Nurses waste up to 60 minutes per shift searching for medical equipment.
  • Hospitals are losing $14 billion per year in lost clinical staff productivity.
  • RTLS technology can elevate nursing efficiency and improve patient care.
  • Nurse safety is enhanced with RTLS for Staff Duress and Hand Hygiene.

“We appreciate the collaboration with Vizzia, and their support of our Health Informatics programs, and eagerly anticipate further collaboration and continued growth of our partnership,” said Cedric Truss, DHA, MSHI, CPHIMS, Chair, GSU Department of Health Sciences.