In JONA: AvaSys Saves UCSD $2.5 Million in 2 Years, a 29-Fold ROI
The Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA), a leading publication for nurse executives, in early July published a peer-reviewed article on results from a pilot of the AvaSys TeleSitter Solution at University of San Diego Health System. The JONA article describes how the 595-bed, Magnet-designated health system purchased six mobile carts and dramatically reduced sitter costs over two years, saving $772,000 in the first year and $1.7 million in the second. With the total cost of the AvaSys system in the first two years being $82,482, the return on investment calculated system-wide, combined with a nurse-driven sitter protocol and administrative oversight, was 29.2 times the initial investment.
In the same time period, the health system outperformed or equaled benchmarks in most quarters for falls and falls with injury. The article concludes: “Over time, the UCSDHS experience has demonstrated that nursing culture can shift and trust in the effectiveness of a new technology such as video monitoring to address patient safety.” Read the full article.