Hill-Rom Announces Partnerships with GOJO and TeleTracking for Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring

BATESVILLE, Ind., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hill-Rom, a worldwide provider
of clinical workflow solutions for hospitals, has announced major partnerships
with GOJO, makers of Purell® hand sanitizer, and TeleTracking Technologies, a
world leader in real-time health care patient flow systems, to co-market
integrations with the Hill-Rom® Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution. The
partnerships debuted this week at HIMSS, the industry’s largest health
information technology meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

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Hand hygiene is a straightforward and effective method of preventing costly and
deadly hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)[1], yet many hospitals struggle to
achieve even 50 percent compliance with recommended protocols.[2] The Hill-Rom
Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution continually monitors the patient care
environment, reminding key personnel about critical hand washing events, and
providing the data for sustainability. Institutions that have implemented the
Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution have experienced a significant increase in
their hand hygiene compliance.[3]

“The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution helps hospitals address
significant challenges they face responding to regulatory requirements,” says
Adam McMullin, Vice President and General Manager, Hill-Rom Clinical Workflow
Solutions. “The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution is a great example of
our technology platform, which is designed to automate the clinical environment,
help enhance productivity and safety, as well as the patient experience.”

Hill-Rom’s Hand Hygiene Monitoring and GOJO® SMARTLINK(TM) Technology

Hill-Rom and GOJO have developed an integrated hand-hygiene solution for
hospitals and health care facilities to effectively monitor hand-hygiene
compliance. For the Hill-Rom and GOJO integrated solution, the GOJO SMARTLINK
Technology is installed into PROVON® soap and PURELL® hand sanitizer dispensers
and works with the Hill-Rom real-time locating solution (RTLS). The hands-free
dispenser was designed for the health care environment and features an internal
wireless transmitter that lights up an external window when a staff member uses
the dispenser and that data is recorded.

“The name GOJO is synonymous with hand hygiene around the world,” says McMullin.
“Hospitals now have the opportunity to leverage the impact of two trusted brands
to support their efforts at increasing hand-hygiene compliance and fighting
HAIs.”

GOJO Compliance Program Director, North America, Jeff Hall says: “Engaging in
this critical work with a health care leader like Hill-Rom is significant. The
biggest reason an electronic monitoring system is necessary is that it allows
for measurement and accountability. In order to help improve hand hygiene, we
need to give hospitals the tools to measure it and the clinical education
resources to interpret the data.”

Monitoring More Than Hands: TeleTracking Integration

Real-time locating solutions are essential in today’s over-stretched hospital.
Without them, nurses and other staff may waste countless hours searching for
equipment, supplies or even fellow staff members and following inefficient
procedures, all of which takes away time from their primary mission: patient
care.

AssetTracking(TM) from TeleTracking Technologies is a leading RTLS that
hospitals depend on for usable information on equipment and supplies for staff
throughout the organization, from a nurse in need of specific supplies for a
patient to an IT manager trying to locate equipment for preventative
maintenance. The partnership announced at HIMSS will provide hospitals with the
ability to use the same locating infrastructure to enable solutions that provide
at-a-glance visibility to everything from equipment location to staff workflow
and hand hygiene compliance.

“RTLS systems ensure nurses and other staff members can quickly put their hands
on what they need, when they need it,” says McMullin. “Now, the same locating
technology will also be able to measure if those hands are clean. We are pleased
to be working with TeleTracking, a leader in the field, to provide this
integration for customers of both systems.”

“We are committed to leveraging the power of technology to sustain and improve
processes within a hospital to improve patient care,” says Mike Gallup,
President, TeleTracking Technologies. “Our partnership with Hill-Rom is an
exciting extension of that mission, helping our customers bring together an
essential monitoring system and provide another vital view of their
organization’s daily operations.”

About the Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution

The Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution has tracked millions of
hand-hygiene events. The system uses badge-based locating technology offering
automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses
a hand-hygiene station. It alerts caregivers by providing a gentle reminder upon
entering a care environment. All of this happens without adding steps to the
clinical workflow. Once installed, the system creates a wireless web of
connectivity in the patient care environment that can be leveraged beyond its
primary role in tracking, reminding and reporting hand hygiene events, whether
via Nurse Call, Smart Bed Connectivity, Staff Locating or a wide array of other
real-time locating needs.

For more information about the Hill-Rom Hand Hygiene Compliance System, please
visit http://www.hill-rom.com/hand-hygiene

ABOUT HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical
technologies and related services for the health care industry, including
patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive
therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions,
medical equipment rentals, surgical products and information technology
solutions. Hill-Rom’s comprehensive product and service offerings are used by
health care providers across the health care continuum and around the world in
hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety
and quality of patient care.

Hill-Rom…enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.

www.hill-rom.com

ABOUT GOJO

GOJO Industries, Inc. (www.gojo.com) is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant
Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and
hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio
includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas
under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the
latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known
for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design,
sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for
hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a
privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, with offices in the United
Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

ABOUT TELETRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

For over two decades, TeleTracking Technologies has helped hospitals achieve
better patient flow through automation and process redesign that takes the time
lag out of daily hospital operations. Today, TeleTracking provides an end-to-end
platform which optimizes operations enterprise-wide in real-time. Real-Time
Capacity Management(TM) solutions deliver peak operational performance by
automating as many of the physical functions of the hospital as possible and
monitoring them in real time to increase efficiency in the delivery of care.
This tighter operational control drives out waste (both time and resources) and
improves efficiencies, while still making sure that patients get to the right
place at the right time with the right resources. TeleTracking provides process
planning, patient flow redesign and asset management optimization through its
consulting division, and has been rated by KLAS (www.KLASresearch.com) as the
patient flow Category Leader seven times in the last eight years. For more
information, visit www.teletracking.com and join the conversation at
http://blog.teletracking.com/.

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[1] U.S. Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/
handhygiene/Basics.html Accessed February 18, 2014, 10 a.m.

[2] Cummings, Keith L., Anderson, Deverick J., and Kaye, Keith S.
Hand Hygiene Noncompliance and the Cost of Hospital?Acquired
Methicillin?Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Infection Control and
Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 31, No. 4 (April 2010), pp. 357-364.
Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/651096 See
Page 357, column 2, first full paragraph.
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[3] Internal data on file.

SOURCE Hill-Rom

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