New regulations are creating an increased urgency to reduce costs for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Following in the steps of other industries, healthcare facility managers are turning to floor-scrubbing robots as an innovative way to be more cost-effective.
The Department of Health and Human Services initiative calls for a shift from fee for service (FFS) payments to value-based payments. This effort will help improve care coordination for more than 25% of all Medicare FFS beneficiaries. As a result, health systems will be sharing the risk of cost and outcomes.
“All healthcare facilities are being impacted by various regulations that impact financial payment scenarios,” explains Bobby Floyd, CEO of HHS’ healthcare support services division. “The value-based purchasing system demands that each facility looks for innovative ways to be leaner and more efficient with current labor allocations.” Floyd found a way with Avidbots Neo, the floor-scrubbing robot.
Already widely adopted by airports and warehouses, Neo is making its rounds in the healthcare sector. Neo has been cleaning floors at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore for a couple of years and was part of the 2019 grand opening of the new Health and Sciences Building at St. Clair Community College in Michigan.
“We began seriously looking at robots to solve the problem,” says Floyd. “It was emerging technology and we were aware of many of the options. We have seen companies demo their machines at cleaning industry conferences. We started really researching options on the web. Our team needed to understand what was available, what the robots could do, and how these devices could help HHS and healthcare facilities achieve a meaningful ROI.”
For Floyd, and for any healthcare facility manager, Neo checked all the boxes to do more for less:
- Reduced maintenance cost (versus manned floor scrubbers)
- Fewer facility repairs due to human error
- Less liability
- Decreased potential hard and soft costs associated with employee fatigue and repetitive strain
- Visibility and metrics for cleaning productivity and efficiency
- Opportunity for cleaning crews to be more productive in value-based tasks contributing to patient satisfaction
For a return on investment (ROI), Floyd estimates that just one Neo robot would pay for itself in about two years with an annualized cost of a mere $30,000 (8 hours daily).
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