Revolutionizing GI Care: UPMC’s Transformation with iRIScope

In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) stands out as a beacon of innovation and excellence. With over 40 facilities spread across Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, UPMC is renowned for its cutting-edge research, outstanding patient care, and comprehensive training programs. A recent milestone in its journey of continuous improvement has been the adoption of Mobile Aspects’ iRIScope system, specifically within its gastrointestinal (GI) departments. This move has not only enhanced the quality of care but has also streamlined operations in significant ways.

The Challenges at Hand

UPMC faced several formidable challenges in its GI departments, chief among them being the management of high-volume scope needs, swift complete equipment implementation, adapting to changing regulatory needs, and the standardization of scope management across multiple locations. The need for a solution that could address these concerns efficiently and effectively led UPMC to partner with Mobile Aspects and implement their iRIScope system, particularly at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC’s flagship hospital renowned for advanced GI/Endoscopy care.

Transformative Solutions with iRIScope

The introduction of the iRIScope system brought about transformative changes. The system’s capability to reduce scope turnaround times by 45 minutes (16%), decrease wasted and expired scope washes by 76%, and identify 15% of scopes for removal to cut down lease and maintenance costs speaks volumes of its efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, the iRIScope’s innovative approach allows for better environmental stewardship by reducing the use of harmful chemicals during reprocessing, aligning with UPMC’s commitment to sustainability.

The 10-Minute Advantage

One of the most groundbreaking features of the iRIScope system is its ability to dry endoscope channels in just 10 minutes—a significant improvement over the 45 minutes required by other systems. This rapid drying time is achieved without the need for hospital air hookups or expensive air compressor rooms, highlighting the system’s cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency.

A Testimony to Success

Dr. Adam Slivka, Medical Director of the UPMC Health System’s GI Service Line, lauds the iRIScope cabinets and software for elevating infection prevention standards and revolutionizing inventory management. The technology has empowered UPMC to set and meet standardized benchmarks for scope optimization across its network, fostering an environment of excellence and innovation.

Expanding Horizons

Encouraged by the initial success, UPMC has embarked on an expansion of the iRIScope system across its network. This expansion is not limited to academic medical centers but extends to community hospitals and surgery centers, underscoring the system’s versatility and wide applicability. The ability of iRIScope analytics to enable benchmark setting for scope use, efficiency, and reprocessing turnaround times is instrumental in propelling UPMC towards setting new standards in GI care.

Looking Forward

The integration of iRIScope into UPMC’s operations is a prime example of how technology can be harnessed to overcome healthcare challenges, improve patient care, and streamline operations. As UPMC continues to expand the use of iRIScope, it sets a precedent for other health systems to follow, showcasing the potential for technological innovations to revolutionize healthcare practices. The journey of UPMC and iRIScope is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and commitment to excellence in the pursuit of better healthcare for all.  Read the case study HERE.