Mental illness is a major health concern facing a large population of people in Canada and the U.S. It is estimated that around 25 percent of U.S. adults have some form of mental illness. Chronic medical diseases i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity have all been linked as contributing to mental illness – CDC report, Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States.
Staff employed in treating psychiatric and substance abuse patients must work with physicians in ascertaining the cause of other physical health issues related to mental illness. The monitoring and dispensing of pharmaceutical drugs go hand in hand when dealing with this growing epidemic.
Health care professionals employed in Psychiatric & Substance Abuse programs face a daunting challenge when it comes to assisting patients with mental disorders and substance abuse problems. Improving healthcare quality and preventing runaway healthcare costs is of paramount importance to clinics and hospitals who specialize in psychiatric and substance abuse areas of medicine.
GAO RFID is capable of addressing the safety and core challenges for outpatient and inpatient settings. We are at the forefront when it comes to integrating patient data, monitoring medication use and accuracy, keeping areas secure, and tracking patient locations.
How GAO RFID Meets Challenges in Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals
The most challenging aspect of mental disorder and psychiatric & substance abuse healthcare from a clinical and non-clinical perspective is addressing the volume of inpatients and outpatients. The financial drawbacks and traditional means of tracking patients while simultaneously documenting medical records correctly is a monumental obstacle faced by many medical centers. In particular, Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals are concerned about patient safety, facility security, and overall operations efficiency.
The GAO RFID Personnel Tracking System is perfect in busy environment, enabling administrators the ability to identify both staff and patients. Incorporating real-time RFID data can significantly reduce patient waiting and admittance time thus giving Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals the ability to see more patients within a day and keep its patients safe.
In a Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospital, patient and employee safety is a high concern. Individual zones throughout the facility may need to be restricted to only certain individuals. Our RFID Access Control System can help hospital security create and manage access levels for all personnel and patients, ensuring a safe environment for all.
Physician Order Entry
Integrating patient data, electronic medical records and RFID technology is beneficial and cost efficient. Reducing adverse drug events can decrease the exploitation of health care services. Decreasing overall costs and shortening patient’s length of stay means more money is saved which can be allocated to other areas of the healthcare system. Reducing medical errors is also a huge cost saver for clinics and the overall health care system. GAO RFID Healthcare Solutions can integrate Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) with your centre’s IT architecture to improve healthcare at the ground level.
All prescription drugs have a shelf life printed on labels. By integrating RFID Asset Tracking, physician order entry and inventory management means a better run facility. Clinics can reduce the expiration of drugs and surplus ordering of medication by using RFID.
Commonly used medications for substance abuse treatment are the following:
- Acamprosate Calcium
During treatment for addictions there are several medications administered to curb cravings and withdrawals from illicit drugs. RFID Tags can be used to track and trace the entire life cycle of prescription drugs from the pharmacy to the healthcare worker administering medication to the patient.
Integrating our Solution with your Healthcare System
Our RFID solutions for Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals are easily integrated with the existing software of your medical substance abuse facility.
The GAO RFID institutes real-time inventory management, patient tracking, medication authentication and control to reduce budgetary costs and increase revenue.
Contact us for more information on how our RFID Healthcare System can be configured for your organization.