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How Synchronized Time Improves the Efficiency of Hospital Operations

Posted by American Time on Feb 13, 2019 12:48:34 PM

As far as we know, time travel hasn't been invented yet, so when hospital records show a patient leaving one area at a certain time and arriving at their destination two minutes earlier, something isn't right.

At the Essentia Healthcare Campus in Duluth, Minnesota, this discrepancy became problematic when billing the patient’s insurance company, who didn't buy the proposition that someone could be in two places at once, thus refused to pay the bills when that's what the records showed.

This is a story of how changing one aspect of hospital operations saved a facility thousands of dollars, illustrating just how important it is that all the clocks in your facility stay in sync.

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Topics: SiteSync, Wireless Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare

Clock system 101: What Type of Clock is Best for My Business?

Posted by American Time on Jan 31, 2019 9:18:48 AM

Anyone who's ever visited an ice cream shop, craft beer taproom, or the cereal aisle of a grocery store knows choices can be hard. Cheerios or Captain Crunch? Weird... somehow they both ended up my cart. But sometimes in business, you have to make just one choice and when making big decisions is part of your job, the stakes only rise.

If you're tasked with selecting a synchronized clock system for your facility, there are many options to choose from. If you don’t know much about synchronized time, your mission might seem easy at first, you just buy clocks and hang them on the walls right? But just like buying an ice cream cone or picking out your favorite cereal brand, there are a variety of options to choose from. We are, after all, talking about installing an entire network of electronic devices.

As you delve deeper into this mission, you might require some guidance. Here, we'll help you determine which type of clock is best for you, depending on your industry and the type of facility you're responsible for keeping on time.

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Topics: Higher Education, Clocks for Healthcare, School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems

Hospital Clock Systems: Why Placement Matters for LED Digital Clocks

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jan 18, 2018 1:45:42 PM

A hospital is the most complex of all facility types, which makes sense when considering the wide range of responsibilities that fall on it’s staff. On one end of the spectrum, a hospital’s mission is the preservation of health and the saving of lives. And of course, there is also the goal of keeping its occupants comfortable and fed while accommodating a parade of visitors.

Authors Owen B. Hardy and Lawrence P. Lammers are often cited in explaining the importance of detail in a hospital: "A functional design can promote skill, economy, conveniences, and comforts. A non-functional design can impede activities of all types, detract from the quality of care, and raise costs to intolerable levels.”

Crucial to a hospitals design is a system for accurate time, and with endless corridors and a wide variety of spaces, the placement of hospital clocks requires special attention too. Whether in a bustling hallway, a patient room, or an operating room, clocks need to be highly visible both for staff and the people they care for. LED digital clocks are well-suited to satisfy this requirement with their large, easy-to-read displays.

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Topics: Clocks for Healthcare

Why Time Synchronization is Vital in a Healthcare Environment

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 9, 2017 8:25:01 AM

When a patient is rushed to the operating room for emergency surgery, timing is crucial. If the operation doesn't happen immediately, the patient’s life could be at risk. The clocks in the operating room are the most obvious examples of the importance of time synchronization in a hospital. From floor to floor, and from the doctor to the patients, just about every aspect of healthcare relies on synchronized clock systems. Here are some of the key ways precise timing is vital to patients' safety and the operations of a hospital.

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Topics: Clocks for Healthcare

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