Top 25 Innovators - 2019
Senior vice president of operations, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Emmerich oversaw implementation of a real-time location system program that tracks more than 17,000 pieces of medical equipment. It not only allows clinicians to see where and when equipment is in use, but helps improve overall utilization trends and informs purchasing decisions. Real-time technology also keeps patients informed of wait times. An automated temperature-control system has been deployed for more than 1,100 temperature-controlled units that store vaccines, insulin and blood, among other things. The asset-management program has generated more than $3.5 million in savings by avoiding equipment purchases. Wait times have dropped by 50% because of the real-time tracking system.