The system is designed to help staff supervisors, infection prevention members and supply chain manager have a better understanding of the use, cleaning, reprocessing and storage of flexible endoscopes.
Unifia uses built-in RFID technology and OER-Pro reprocessors to track how an endoscope moves in a GI lab. Wireless scanners are able to track where the endoscope is going and collect information about the real-time location, patient interactions and user performance.
It is also designed to track and see how an endoscope is moving throughout a hospital, from the front desk to the storage room. A permanent electronic reprocessing and location record is created when the endoscope is being tracked, allowing patient, user and endoscope data to be accessible from one system. The data gathered can be used to improve the accuracy of documentation, staff performance, asset use and repair history.
Unifia’s Daily Dashboard helps users see data from the time a patient arrives. It gives real-time feedback on the endoscopes in the facility including how long an endoscope has been needing a cleaning.
The system is designed to connect, communicate and help with the decision-making process, according to the company.
“Unifia is an example of Olympus’ strategy of transformation to a solutions company, by which we make it easy to bring our GI customers more than clinical data, but now also operations data that will drive compliance, safety and utilization initiatives,” Kurt Heine, group VP of the endoscopy division at Olympus America, said in a press release. “Whether we’re talking about a nurse manager gaining visibility into the entire department, a technician improving his own performance, an administrator making decisions about acquisitions or a CEO instating system-wide performance initiatives, Unifia provides value through automated tracking and easy data navigation.”