Children's of Alabama Live with Versus RTLS Asset Tracking, Four Rivers Integration

Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:06pm EST

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.,  Feb. 19, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Children's of  Alabama  in
 Birmingham  has implemented the Versus Advantages Asset Tracking solution. The
real-time locating system (RTLS) from Versus Technology, Inc. (OTCPINK: VSTI)
includes two-way HL7 integration to Four Rivers Total Maintenance System (TMS). 

The Versus RTLS Asset Tracking solution was selected for its proven accuracy and
the ability to expand the solution to other uses as needed.  

The system has been installed throughout the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for
Children which opened in August of 2012, and will be expanded across the
remaining six inpatient units making up the Children's of  Alabama's main
campus. VT Group Healthcare, in  Birmingham, Ala., a certified Versus System
Integrator, is installing the system.

The hospital is currently tracking approximately 3,000 mobile assets, including
IV pumps, beds and stretchers across 760,000 square feet. The first phase of the
implementation will allow the hospital to:

* reduce shrinkage due to lost or stolen items,  
* quickly locate critical equipment for patient safety,  
* manage utilization of key inventory,  
* improve response times for patient care needs, and  
* improve overall patient satisfaction.

The integration to Four Rivers TMS application will help Children's of  Alabama 
better manage its equipment fleet by associating key equipment status data with
the equipment's real-time location. Factors such as preventative maintenance,
warranties and recall notifications are maintained and managed in the Four
Rivers system, while Versus provides the equipment's current location. The
integration with Versus allows staff to see which equipment is available and
where it is.  

Asset tracking is one of many RTLS uses. With the Versus system, hospitals can
also track and automate patient flow, quickly locate nurses, physicians and
other staff, as well as monitor hand hygiene compliance.  

Jack Storey, CIO of Children's of  Alabama  explains, "We selected Versus for
our expansion facility because it allows us to have multiple RTLS-driven
applications on one infrastructure.  Our initial focus was equipment tracking
and the Integration to Four Rivers was important to us. The Versus
infrastructure can also be used by our GE [Ascom Telligence] nurse call system
for nurse tracking.  Additional applications within the Versus suite of products
would also allow us to add patient tracking and/or hand washing monitoring if we
decide that functionality is needed in the future.  It is beneficial for us to
have a single system and infrastructure that we can cross-utilize and leverage
throughout the hospital."

Versus' RTLS is proven at more than 700 hospitals and clinics-many of which have
been operating daily on the same sensory network for more than 15 years. Using
infrared (IR) technology for room and bed-level locating and radio frequency
identification (RFID) for status communication, the Versus RTLS guarantees  No
False Positives.  

Unlike other real-time locating systems, Versus requires a read, or "hit," from
badge or tag that is physically present in a sensed location. Versus' ability to
guarantee accuracy  allows physicians, nurses, clinicians and clinical engineers
to quickly locate patients, staff and equipment and trust that the data is
accurate. It also means that Versus can automate other systems without delay and
without the risk of providing false data.  

To learn more about Asset Tracking and other uses for RTLS in the clinical
environment, visit Versus' website at visit  or register for our
RTLS sessions at the  HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition  in  New Orleans,
La.,  March 3-7, 2013  by visiting

About Children's of  Alabama

Children's of  Alabama  has provided specialized medical care for ill and
injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since
1911. For the past three years, Children's has been ranked among the best
children's hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year,
patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to
Children's from every county in  Alabama  and from 47 other states. With more
than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility
in the U.S. Children's offers inpatient and outpatient services across its 
Russell Campus  on  Birmingham's historic  Southside  with additional outpatient
services provided at Children's South and Children's on 3rd. Primary care is
provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central 
Alabama. Children's of  Alabama  is the only medical center in  Alabama 
dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private,
not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the  University
of Alabama at Birmingham  (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and
residency programs. Children's recently moved much of its inpatient services
into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More
information is available at

About VT Group Healthcare

VT Group provides customer-critical technical services to government agencies
and commercial entities.  Through its Integrated Solutions, Technical Services
and Unmanned Services business units, VT Group delivers critical solutions in
C4IT design, integration and installation; healthcare technology; asset
management; equipment life cycle support; facility operations and maintenance;
logistics services and support; utility management; and unmanned systems
support. Whether it is improving communications or quick response to patients'
needs, VT Group's Healthcare Division is a leading agent for Ascom Patient
Systems Telligence Nurse Call, installing and maintaining the advanced Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) healthcare communication platform, integrated with
Versus RTLS.  By keeping staff connected or aiding in the expedition of critical
patient information through Healthcare Media Retrieval Systems, VT Group
Healthcare is a reliable, responsive supporter for both the healthcare
professional and the patients they serve. For more information on VT Group,

About Versus Technology, Inc.

Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location
systems (RTLS) for health care. Used for enterprise  patient tracking, bed
management,  asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages
improves  patient flow  and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions,
while enhancing communication and efficiency.  

Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages
infrared (IR) and Active  RFID  solution is responsible for clinical-grade
location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care
facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc., our
technology and client successes, visit  and take the 
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