Ochsner Health System Chooses RL Solutions for Infection Surveillance
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Press release date: June 5, 2014
Louisiana's top-ranked health system adds RL6:Infection to its suite of RL6 patient safety software
TORONTO – RL Solutions, creators of easy-to-use healthcare quality and safety software, announced today that Ochsner Health System has successfully deployed RL6:Infection, RL's infection surveillance system, throughout its eight facilities. RL6:Infection will help Ochsner to prevent the spread of healthcare- acquired infections (HAI) and to support its ongoing antimicrobial stewardship, hand hygiene compliance and infection prevention initiatives. Ochsner Health System is the No. 1 ranked hospital in Louisiana and was nationally ranked in eight medical specialties, according to U.S. News World Report's 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings.
RL6:Infection is a comprehensive infection surveillance solution that provides real-time surveillance of a hospital's systems, including lab, ADT, pharmacy, surgery, EPR and radiology. By identifying the information that is critical to prevent HAI, RL6:Infection saves infection preventionists (IP) valuable time so they can focus on the programs that truly make a difference. RL6:Infection also extends to the pharmacy by providing antimicrobial stewardship functionality, and allows IPs to conduct hand hygiene audits on-the-go with tablet- and smartphone-ready audit capabilities.
Ochsner decided to partner with RL Solutions for infection surveillance for a number of reasons, including RL6's mobile capabilities, the affordability of the system, its short implementation timeframe and because the system allowed Ochsner to retain all of its data onsite. In addition, since Ochsner also utilizes RL6 for incident reporting, its hospitals can automatically flag identified HAI as incidents for the risk management department to investigate.
"There were a number of things that impressed us about RL6:Infection," said L. Olivia Sweetnam, MSN, ACNP-BC, MPH, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Ochsner Health System. "First and foremost, the support and partnership during the implementation phase was exceptional. Throughout the build and "go-live" time periods, RL was always available to answer questions, assist with training and thoroughly explain to different components of the build. Also, the easy to use tile approach of RL set up assisted the IPs in learning the new system.
"Finally," adds Sweetnam, "we've established such a positive relationship with RL over the years on the risk management and patient feedback side of things. That gave us the confidence that the company would deliver a quality infection surveillance solution, on time and to our expectations. The affordability of the system, as well as the rapid implementation we experienced, have validated the fact that we went with the right partner."
"When Ochsner decided to partner with RL for infection surveillance software, it was incredible to see the impact it had on our organization," added Sanjay Malaviya, President & CEO, RL Solutions. "Everyone involved in the project did their utmost to ensure a timely, smooth and seamless implementation. Not only is Ochsner a nationally recognized 'Best Hospital' and a regular recipient of H&HN's 'Most Wired' hospitals, Ochsner is also a longstanding RL client. We are both excited and honored to grow our relationship."
For more information on RL6:Infection, visit www.rlsolutions.com.
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About RL Solutions
RL Solutions designs innovative healthcare software for patient feedback, incident reporting & risk management, infection surveillance, peer review, root cause analysis and claims management. At RL Solutions, nurturing long-lasting relationships with our clients is what we do best. RL Solutions has over 1300 clients, including healthcare networks, hospitals, long-term care facilities and more. RL Solutions is a global company with offices in Canada, the United States, Australia and the UK. For more information, visit www.rlsolutions.com or follow @rlsolutions on Twitter.
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