• Documentation

  • Day-2-Day

  • Multi-Level

  • Infection

What is Prairie Dog Tech's The Observer™?
The Observer™ is an infection prevention system that does more than just monitor and track endoscopes; it can help you to manage people, processes, and endoscopy products. Our real-time, fully automated documentation system will help your staff work with maximum efficiency while maintaining your hospital’s high infection prevention standards.

To understand the many features of our product we’ve broken it down to the Four Facets of The Observer™.
The Four Facets
Our First Facet is Documentation Management: Document the entire cleaning process, collect the location of every single endoscope and how long it spent there, record every ATP and surveillance test result directly to that unique endoscope's profile, as well as keep a comprehensive log of all the repairs down to the individual endoscope.
Our Second Facet is Day-2-Day Support: View every important detail in a visual one-page daily report, interact with our system through our simple quick mobile app, provide support to staff members through data collection, increase workflow by viewing the gaps of the process, pinpoint the exact utilization of each and every endoscope, in addition to providing 24/7 security for the whereabouts of your important equipment.
Our Third Facet is Multi-Level Communication: Experience real time feedback with our alert light directly on the endoscope tag, be alerted from anywhere and anytime with our mobile application, keep a uniform process with our sink timing light, and lastly plan ahead for the week or day with our daily report.
Our Fourth and Final Facet is Infection Prevention: Using our real time monitoring you can stop a problem before it happens, ensure your hospital procedures are followed to a T, and you can equip your staff with the best possible training learned through their actual daily actions.

Documentation Management
Easily set parameters for water temperature, preprocessing wash duration, and endoscope movement. Alerts are instantly sent to any number of staff describing exactly the issue and which parameters weren't met and you will gather important data on one of the only completely manual cleaning steps.
Our system requires no human interaction when compared to other systems. No scanning, swiping, or tapping is required. We work universally with any reprocessor you have; we won't pigeon hole you to equipment that you can't afford or don't need. Automatically capture temperature, duration, and movement of an endoscope, including the simple but unknowns of how long it sat before, during, and after the reprocessing step.
Using our daily report, or by simply browsing the recorded data of each of your endoscopes, you can see the gaps that arise from increased workload. Endoscopes are tracked 24/7 allowing nothing to fall between the cracks, easily maintain your endoscope storage time requirements with no work needed from staff, and breakdown the busiest time periods during the workday to better prepare for the future.
Know exactly when an endoscope was placed in storage closet and how long it’s kept there; in addition view a complete history of any endoscope in your inventory with usage and repairs in addition to location tracking. All this collection requires no staff input; eliminating possible mistakes as well as focusing their time and energy on cleaning.
Track not only endoscope details but usage and duration for both reprocessors and procedure rooms. Instantly generate full reports with any combination of records straight from any computer or our mobile app and create a safety net for all other systems in case something is missed or temporarily stops working properly.
While gathering all details automatically with simply the parameters set at installation we can further ease the workload on staff allowing a more prepared and enabled workforce. All collection is done to the second allowing the most precise tracking possible.
PD Vision brings true visual feedback to the extremely important preprocessing sink stage, view all photos collected from our mobile app or desktop providing instant feedback. When equipped, alerts will directly link to the photos collected allowing responses in minutes rather than days.

Day-2-Day Support
Through our automatic data collection we average 30 minutes of time saved per shift. Every detail is collected and organized in our daily report and everything is customizable to fit your hospital's or center's exact needs.
Know right away about issues so they can be resolved before they become problems, remotely view all photos captured so everyone can be on the same page no matter where they are, and perform instant spot checks without being present in the actual room.
Everyone has complete knowledge of every device's usage allowing for changes in inventory or scheduling. Any question can be eliminated with simply viewing the endoscope's history instantly on our mobile app. You will also have complete 24/7 security of an endoscope's whereabouts.
With our built in indicator light you can easily view status by simply viewing the endoscope itself. The tag light will automatically change from green to red symbolizing an issue with that specific endoscope. This indication allows the staff to never select the wrong endoscope again and eliminates any questions of an endoscope's status without accessing our system.
Increase the efficiency of your staff and all equipment by streamlining the process with newfound knowledge provided by our data collection. Over time you can understand exactly where holes and gaps in your procedures lie. Enable new staff by quickly addressing any weaknesses with targeted training to that unique worker allowing everyone to bring their weaknesses up to match their strengths.

Multi-Level Communication
Our system is always on and always talking. Keep everyone in your organization on the same page allowing uniform actions to address any issues. Be alerted through a myriad of ways including our app, desktop, email, and directly on the endoscope itself eliminating the question of, "What is this endoscope's status?" You can also provide equal information to all shifts, presenting a consistent voice no matter which staff is in place, whether they are experienced or not.
The entire system is remotely accessible allowing those invested to have a peace of mind when not at the actual facility. Remove the middle man and provide exact information to every level eliminating any chance something is lost in the process. Swiftly address any issue from any level of an organization and relay the information directly to the staff through our clean room dashboard which display all the important details.

Infection Prevention
Develop, revise, and maintain proper procedures no matter the staff and specific to each and every endoscope and gather a complete picture of an endoscope's current status throughout its clinical life. These constant observation allow certain patterns to become more visible.
Provide your organization with all the tools to truly implement and hold your organization to the highest possible standards. Real-time monitoring helps you maintain those standards and ensure they are followed well into the future.

Here at Prairie Dog Tech we want you to achieve your highest possible standards. Perfect the Process, Prevent Infections!
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Sink Station

The Observer provides both the endoscope and the technician IDs for a complete picture of the manual cleaning process. This allows more accountability throughout the entire reprocessing cycle.

Our sensors provide duration of time before, during, and after an endoscope is manually cleaned. The Observer collects both time and movement during the manual cleaning phase allowing alerts and detailed records for each endoscope according to manufacturer and hospital HLD parameters. An Automatically generated daily log is created with chemical lot numbers, technician info, and complete scope details down to the second.

Washer Station

The Observer app allows real-time monitoring of the time and temperature during the HLD phase.

This unobtrusive tracking confirms that all HLD parameters have been met according to both hospital and manufacturing recommendations. All our equipment is universal and can be utilized with any AER. Observer tracking aids in the compliance to documentation required by governmental agencies and Joint Commission. Provide a complete daily log with details from every station in the cleaning cycle.

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Closet Station

Our tags allow the tracking of time and history for each endoscope being stored.

Alerts provide the administrator knowledge that each endoscope has been properly reprocessed prior to storage. The app, daily reports, and tag light allows proper management of the endoscope inventory. Complete closet management with alerts for overdue scopes and a kiosk that recommends the best scope based on collected data. Even the wear and tear on each scope by following our algorithms that select the optimal scope based on over 10 variables.

Patient's Room

The Observer allows users to receive real-time alerts if the endoscope in the procedure room has not been properly reprocessed.

With detailed history of each endoscope, Observer goes further to enhance patient safety. Our accompanying app and tag lights provide organization and quicker relaying of information leading to increased productivity. After each procedure know exactly how the long between procedure and the start of cleaning. Keep your staff on top of every scope being used daily.

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  • Sink

    Track duration, temperature, and motion of manual cleaning

  • Washer

    Record duration of cycle as well as proper temperature of the AER Machine

  • Utilization Charts

    View device utilization with a variety of charts

  • Browser Portal

    Use every feature of the mobile app in a full size format

Closet Management

endoscope tracking application
  • Patient Room

    Knowledge of endoscope history and duration of storage before procedure

  • Closet

    Keep detailed inventory of each endoscope and their cleaning history

  • ATP/Surveillance testing

    Keep detailed records of all testing done on inventory

  • Access Anywhere on Anything

    Responsive Web Portal works on any Desktop, Laptop, or Mobile Device

  • AER

    Custom profiles for each scope model

  • Storage

    Record hang times for each scope individually

  • Automated Daily Logs

    Save time with generated daily logs

PD Tag

endoscope tracking application

  • Patient Room

    Collect Doctor info, Procedure type, Scope info

  • Sink

    Record and generate info for every step at the sink

  • PD Tag Alert Light

    LED alert light on every tag on every scope

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PHILADELPHIA, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Prairie Dog Tech, LLC announces the launch of PD-VISION™, an optional enhancement to its innovative THE OBSERVER™ Mobile App. PD-VISION™ provides immediate access to real-time photos of endoscope cleaning sinks, along with a complete and searchable catalog of past images.
"PD-VISION™ makes THE OBSERVER™ mobile app an even more powerful and potentially life-saving tool," explains David Bassion Jr., founding member of Prairie Dog Tech, LLC. "Cleaning is supremely important in health care settings, especially in the case of reusable devices that are routinely in contact with bodily fluids."
Manual cleaning in a sink is arguably the most important step in the process of disinfecting reusable endoscopes, yet it's also one of the least well documented. PD-VISION™ solves that issue, creating a database of images that can be searched by time and date, or scope ID.
The problem of contaminated endoscopes has been a major health care news story in recent months. Hundreds of patients at some of the nation's most highly regarded hospitals may have been exposed to dangerous pathogens, some because of improperly cleaned, disinfected or stored endoscopes. Because tracing the source of any single infection is often impossible, it's impossible to determine the actual number of people harmed or killed as a result of this problem.
Because they're designed to be reused indefinitely, the cleaning standards for endoscopes must be tremendously exacting. However, cleaning endoscopes has proven to be a tough challenge for a myriad of reasons. Previously, it was discovered that the cleaning instructions provided by the device manufacturers were not adequate to the task and were therefore revised. Another challenge has been the overall complexity of the process itself. Training is obviously important, but the level of monitoring enabled by PD-VISION™ makes it convenient for providers and administrators to ensure that standards are being sustained.
According to research conducted in 2014-15, workers frequently feel pressure to work quickly, and their work is often interrupted. Ideally, endoscope cleaning and disinfection is a seamless process in which time between steps is minimized and equipment must reach proper temperature and time for total disinfection. THE OBSERVER™, together with the PD-VISION™ enhancement, can help hospitals meet these standards. In addition, the database of sink images could be useful in the event of an audit or process review.
PD-VISION™ offers the health care industry a way to assure compliance and maintain the highest possible scope safety standards. With the combination of visual tracking and THE OBSERVER™, mistakes can be caught and corrected, which protects both the individual worker and the hospital as a whole. Moreover, patients can rest assured that reusable endoscopes will be processed according to hospital and manufacture standards.
THE OBSERVER™ has already earned distinction as a highly versatile solution to the challenge of reusable medical device cleaning. The app can easily be modified to suit any device or cleaning facility layout. Providers can also customize parameters like cleaning time and temp.  
PD-VISION™ represents the first of several planned enhancements to THE OBSERVER™. Prairie Dog Tech envisions its flagship solution as a true game-changer in infection control, hospital efficiency and patient safety.
About Prairie Dog Tech, LLC
Founded in 2015, Prairie Dog Tech, LLC is the developer of a mobile application for endoscope tracking. The technology adds another layer of protection for patients, as well as more accountability for health care providers. Prairie Dog Tech, LLC is headquartered in Philadelphia.
David Bassion Jr.
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PHILADELPHIA, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Prairie Dog Tech, LLC, a company leveraging technology to address health care challenges, has announced the release of THE OBSERVER™. As a first-of-its-kind endoscope tracking system, THE OBSERVER™ provides health care professionals with timely data and alerts on device status, while significantly improving patient safety.
Medical horror stories involving inadequately disinfected medical equipment have been making headlines recently. The LA Times reported on superbug outbreaks at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai, where more than 200 patients may have been exposed to contaminated endoscopes. Three patients later died from infection. Experts think the real numbers could be much higher, as many patients who have endoscopic procedures are already quite ill, and pinpointing the root cause of an infection can be difficult.
"Our technology will change the way endoscopes and other medical devices are maintained," says David Bassion Jr, founding member of Prairie Dog Tech. "THE OBSERVER™ will absolutely save time, money and most importantly – lives. As a truly independent solution for endoscope maintenance, the app will reduce the need for expensive oversight and self-policing. Unbiased data from the app can be used to refine processes, spot potential problems before they grow, and develop best practices for new tools and procedures."
Prairie Dog Tech, LLC has brought a spirit of innovation to the health care industry – seeing a problem and working toward a viable solution. The problem in this case is that endoscopes, like many medical devices, are designed to be re-used hundreds or thousands of times. Cleaning and storage procedures must be flawless. Each year, millions of Americans undergo the most common type of endoscopic procedure. Therefore, improper cleaning, handling and storage of these medical devices has a broad impact.
THE OBSERVER™ is a hands-free, independent and real-time solution to the problem of medical device cleaning and maintenance. Doctors and administrators both have 24/7 access to data via the mobile app. The dashboard offers a quick view of where a device is in the reprocessing cycle. As doctors scrub in before a procedure, they can instantly confirm that all equipment has been disinfected properly. Administrators can be alerted immediately whenever a device skips a necessary step or a certain threshold is not met. Likewise, device history data can be employed to develop precise maintenance and purchasing plans.
Versatility is one of the key benefits of THE OBSERVER™. The app works with all types of re-usable medical equipment, any room layout and any procedure. Health care providers can customize variables like time and temps, or set limits to how much time a device must remain in a specific cleaning phase.
"Even at the world's most respected hospitals, infection control sometimes has gaps, leaving patients vulnerable to illness," adds Bassion. "THE OBSERVER™ fills those gaps and ensures that cleaning protocols are followed 100% of the time. We envision this mobile app as a solution that goes beyond mere technology by providing a tool for effective communication at every level of health care."
About Prairie Dog Tech, LLC
Founded in 2015, Prairie Dog Tech, LLC is the developer of a mobile application for endoscope tracking. The technology adds another layer of protection for patients, as well as more accountability for health care providers. Prairie Dog Tech is headquartered in Philadelphia.
David Bassion Jr.
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MEDICAL DEVICE DAILY™ / MONDAY, JUNE 27 , 2016 VOLUME 20, NO. 123 / Cut the blame game, infection control is a shared problem By Amanda Pedersen, Senior Staff Writer
Superbugs tend to evoke a lot of finger pointing and the blame often spreads as wide and fast as the outbreaks themselves. But if the medical device industry learned anything from last year’s high-profile duodenoscope debacle it’s that infection control is a shared responsibility. Manufacturers, third-party reprocessing firms, hospitals, regulatory bodies and lawmakers all have a role to play in protecting patients from these deadly diseases.
For one of the largest endoscopic device makers, owning up to its share of that responsibility has proven to be a remarkably lengthy and costly lesson. Olympus Corp. of the Americas is in the middle of a major recall of its TJF-Q180V duodenoscopes because the scopes have been linked to widespread carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections. Some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics, and are able to kill up to half the patients they infect, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Center Valley, Pa.-based company allegedly warned European regulators in 2013 and 2014 about the device’s potential to spread infection, but did not alert U.S. hospitals until a U.S. Senate investigation brought the issue to light earlier this year. The report, which came from the office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), cited 25 outbreaks of infections across the country and in Europe involving nearly 200 U.S. patients. (See Medical Device Daily, Jan. 19, 2016.)
The Senate report came out soon after the FDA cleared a new, easier-to-clean version of Olympus’ duodenoscope that features a redesigned component intended to provide a tighter seal in an effort to reduce the risk of infection. Olympus said it will replace the sealing mechanism on about 4,400 devices currently in use by August.
While Olympus has taken the most heat for the problem, all duodenoscopes – including those sold by Fujifilm and Pentax – are inherently difficult to clean because of the moving elevator mechanism at the tip where patient fluids and tissue can potentially get inside the device. Duodenoscopes provide a minimally invasive way of draining fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts that are blocked by problems like tumors or gallstones. Similar reusable endoscopes, such as bronchoscopes and colonoscopes, also carry a risk of transferring pathogens.
Hospitals like the University of California Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan Medical Center have started to sterilize duodenoscopes with ethylene oxide, but that method requires more wait time between use because the gas is so toxic. The longer sterilization process has driven up the demand for the devices, which are used in up to 600,000 U.S. procedures every year.
Just as combat needs often drive medical innovation, disease outbreaks have opened up a big market opportunity for new infection control products. From tiny cameras that can see inside endoscopes, to mobile apps and analytics software that tracks infectious patients during their hospital stay, med-tech companies can’t be accused of sitting out of the superbug fight.
Patient Safe Inc. has developed a new class of small diameter, near field inspection scopes designed to provide access to and imaging of the interior chambers, lumens, and working channels of surgical devices, including endoscopes.
The Sausalito, Calif.-based company was already in the process of bringing its Steriview infection control system to the U.S. market even before Olympus’ duodenoscope CRE problem surfaced, CEO Larry Gerrans told Medical Device Daily. The system includes the company’s Stericam line of software powered cameras for visual confirmation that endoscopes and other surgical tools are free of bacteria and fluid.
Cleaning these devices after they have been inside of a patient is no easy task. Gerrans likened it trying to get burnt cheese off a frying pan. Fluid tends to cook, or burn, inside the operating channel of endoscopes during a procedure and if those sticky spots are not completely cleaned off before it will inevitably slough off into the next patient, he said.
The idea behind Patient Safe’s technology is that the visual inspection it provides will prompt hospital staff to do a better job cleaning the scopes before an infection spreads.
The Steriview was born from another company Gerrans leads, Sanovas Inc., which initially developed the small diameter scopes as a means of going deep into a patient’s lungs to diagnose and treat disease.
The technology has been on the market as an infection control system for about a year and the uptake has been quite positive, Gerrans said. In a recently published study, the device found 613 out of 860 inspected instruments to be dirty. That study included endoscopes as well as other laparoscopic devices and tubes.
In addition to infection control, Gerrans said Patient Safe’s technology also helps hospitals inspect the integrity of these devices, which are also prone to nicks and scratches that can rust out over time or provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
It’s really a multi-faceted problem, Stephen Schimpff, Patient Safe’s board chairman, told MDD. Schimpff, the retired CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, spent the bulk of his medical career researching the causes, prevention, and treatment of infections in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The first challenge with device-related infection control is being able to see the contaminated parts of an endoscope or other device. The next problem is figuring out how to get the bacteria or residual biomaterial out without damaging the device.
“It turns out, in some cases, you can’t just put a scope brush down there or a piece of steel wool because you’re going to damage the inside of the scope,” Schimpff said. “It’s a pickle.”
In an age where mobile apps are a regular part of daily living, it’s not too surprising that there is an app designed to track an endoscope through each step of the cleaning and sterilization process. What is surprising, perhaps, is the fact that such an app wasn’t on the market sooner.
Philadelphia-based Prairie Dog Tech LLC launched the PD Vision in June as an optional enhancement to its previously released infection control app called The Observer. Together, the apps are designed to help hospital staff document the process of disinfecting reusable scopes by creating a database of images that can be searched by time and date, or scope ID.
Prairie Dog Tech’s founding member, David Bassion Jr., told Medical Device Daily that the idea for a Bluetooth-based endoscope tracking system came from walking around at an endoscopy convention last year and noticing that there were a lot of tracking systems on the market, but most – if not all – of the existing systems relied on information manually recorded by a clinician.
Bassion’s team decided to create a tracking system that truthfully tracks the scope through each step of the sterilization process and alerts the staff of potential problems.
“We want everyone to know everything,” Bassion said.
Opgen Inc. offers a multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) management system, the Acuitas Lighthouse, that helps hospitals navigate infection control issues.
Kevin Krenitsky, president of Opgen, told Medical Device Daily the cloud-based Lighthouse system leverages the company’s bioinformatics analytics software to track and prevent the spread of infection from the time an infectious patient enters the hospital. Hospitals can use the system in conjunction with Opgen’s rapid MDRO gene test to screen patients for superbugs and other infections, like Clostridium difficile (C. diff) as soon as they walk through the door.
The Lighthouse system not only helps hospitals track the location of threats but guides preventative actions to nip infections in the bud before they spread.
Germ-zapping robots that use ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect hospital rooms grabbed Medical Device Daily’s attention a couple of years ago in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. In 2014, San Antonio, Texas-based Xenex Disinfection Services LLC offered its UV robots to Emory University and the CDC to disinfect the rooms where U.S. Ebola patients were treated and the airplanes that transported those patients. (See Medical Device Daily, Aug. 7, 2014.) The Xenex robot is a portable system designed to penetrate the cell walls of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and spores, destroying all the superbugs and pathogens that could be lurking in a hospital room – including the operating room or the emergency room – in five to 10 minutes. The robot is operated by hospital housekeeping staff. After cleaning the room first through traditional methods, the robot is rolled in as an added layer of patient safety, disinfecting high-touch surfaces and difficult-to-clean nooks and crannies. The company launched the first version of its robot in 2010 and a new version of the robot in late 2013.
According to the company, the Xenex robot is powered by xenon, an environmentally-friendly gas, instead of mercury, which is what most of the competing systems on the market use. In addition to being toxic, mercury-based UV robots only operate in one spectrum and can take hours to disinfect a single room, Xenex said. Yet, according to one of such competitor, Tru-d SmartUVC LLC, of Gaithersburg, Md., the fear around mercury is a misconception.
Tru-d bulbs use ultra-low levels of mercury vapor that are consistent with modern fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs found throughout virtually every U.S. hospital that are endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. No mercury byproduct is emitted by the bulbs either, CEO Chuck Dunn said.
Until recently, Tru-d’s biggest adoption barrier was a lack of evidence showing a direct correlation between the elimination of MDROs and the reduction of infections throughout a facility using no-touch disinfection technology. The randomized BETR-D study (Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection), funded by the CDC, eased those concerns, Dunn said.
BETR-D compared four methods of terminal room-cleaning strategies at nine hospitals over 22,000 patient days. The researchers found that Tru-d reduced the cumulative number of hospital-acquired infections by about 30 percent for patients who stay in rooms previously occupied by an infected patient.
Dunn told MDD that the company’s Sensor360 technology sets Tru-D apart from its peers in the UV disinfection space. The technology measures the amount of UV energy that is reflected back to the robot, he said, enabling it to overcome room variables such as size, shape, and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC light needed. Tru-d touts that its device kills up to 99.9 percent of pathogens in a room from a single position with a single cycle of UV energy.
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PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Prairie Dog Tech, LLC has recently added a powerful new ATP/Surveillance module to its flagship technology product, THE OBSERVER™ mobile app; the ATP/Surveillance module's purpose is to ensure endoscope cleaning protocols are followed consistently via smart surveillance and immediate feedback. Prairie Dog Tech, LLC's announcement comes on the heels of a pair of Congressional bills that likewise aim to improve device safety and manufacturer accountability.
PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Prairie Dog Tech, LLC (http://www.prairiedogtech.com/) has recently added a powerful new ATP/Surveillance module to its flagship technology product, THE OBSERVER™ mobile app; the ATP/Surveillance module's purpose is to ensure endoscope cleaning protocols are followed consistently via smart surveillance and immediate feedback. Prairie Dog Tech, LLC's announcement comes on the heels of a pair of Congressional bills that likewise aim to improve device safety and manufacturer accountability.
The new ATP/Surveillance module of THE OBSERVER™ will enable hospitals to be continuously aware and informed of any presence of bacteria on the endoscopes. Mobile notifications stating the presence of bacteria will be sent on daily, weekly and monthly testing schedules. The daily reporting feature will now contain a list of devices that are due or nearly due for testing. Healthcare providers using the app will receive immediate notification when a scope needs to be tested, in addition to the ability to see which scopes are in use. Finally, the app can deliver the results from the most recent ATP and Surveillance testing for each scope in the hospital's inventory.
"With these new ATP and Surveillance capabilities, THE OBSERVER™ empowers healthcare providers and hospitals to be proactive in how they deal with a serious patient safety issue," says David Bassion, Jr., Founding Member of Prairie Dog Tech, LLC. "We believe our device surveillance solution solves a critical healthcare dilemma without introducing cumbersome new processes or adding to facility overhead. This new module's various features deliver benefits to everyone who works with endoscopes, or who oversees their cleaning, storage and maintenance."
The Centers for Disease Control has stated that buy-in and understanding are necessary with any device Surveillance protocol. With the new ATP/Surveillance module, the simplicity and convenience of Prairie Dog Tech, LLC's THE OBSERVER™ makes that level of compliance nearly effortless.
As reported in The Los Angeles Times, the problem of contaminated endoscopes includes duodenoscopes and similar devices, which have been linked to Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI's) even more than originally thought. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) requested a thorough investigation of the issue following deaths at two prestigious LA hospitals. The newspaper revealed that as many as 350 patients were exposed to or infected by superbugs between 2010 and 2015. The actual number of could be much higher, as parsing out the cause of a secondary illness is often difficult.
The above findings motivated Lieu and other lawmakers to craft strong legislation to improve patient safety by reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI). Two bills are now on a working path through Congress: The Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act, and The Device Act (Disclosure; and Encouragement of Verification, Innovation, Cleaning, and Efficiency Act of 2016). The latter bill requires endoscope manufacturers to notify the FDA whenever they modify the design or cleaning instructions for their devices. The Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act, which is companion bill to one brought before the Senate by Patty Murray (D-WA), calls for scientific validation of all cleaning procedures.
"Prairie Dog Tech, LLC endorses any legislation that can improve patient safety," adds Bassion, Jr., "and we're happy to contribute to that mission with smart, efficient and forward-thinking technologies."
About Prairie Dog Tech, LLC
Founded in 2015, Prairie Dog Tech, LLC is the developer of a mobile application for endoscope tracking. The technology adds another layer of protection for patients. Prairie Dog Tech, LLC is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
David Bassion, Jr.

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Items Units Details
Cleaning Room(s) 1 Room Unit Each cleaning room gains two wall mounted microcomputers
Aer Bay(s) 3 AER Units Each reprocessor bay gains one wall mounted microcomputer
Sink Bay(s) 2 Sink Units Each sink gains one wall mounted microcomputer
Closet(s) 2 Closet Units Each closet gains one wall mounted microcomputer
Closet(s) Room 1 Room Unit Each closet room gains two wall mounted microcomputer
Exam Room(s) 5 Room Units Each exam room gains two wall mounted microcomputer
PD HomeBase™ 1 Home Unit Each building gains one wall mounted data server
PD StaffTag™ 10 Tag Units Each staff member gains one bluetooth keychain tag
PD ScopeTag™ 30 Tag Units Each scope gains one bluetooth button tag
PD VisionBox™ 2 Camera Units Each sink gains one wall mounted microcomputer with HD camera
Cloud Computing 1 Cloud Account Each client gains one cloud computing account with Microsoft Azure

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Per Year Cost: $6,003.40
Per Scope Per Month Cost: $16.68
Per Scope Per Day Cost: 55¢
David Bassion Jr.
Our technology will change the way endoscopes and other medical devices are maintained, THE OBSERVER™ will absolutely save time, money and most importantly – lives. As a truly independent solution for endoscope maintenance, the app will reduce the need for expensive oversight and self-policing. Unbiased data from the app can be used to refine processes, spot potential problems before they grow, and develop best practices for new tools and procedures.

- Founding Members

The Observer from Prairie Dog Tech is a truly independent hands free endoscope tracking system that will change the way endoscopes are maintained. We work universally with any equipment, room layout, and set procedures. A system that provides unbiased data for every step in the cleaning cycle allowing quick adjustments that can save time, money, and lives.
In an industry under the microscope of legislators and news media there is a need for an outsider to change the way things are done. With our tech background we looked at the problem with a different perspective, aimed more towards finding the gaps, and eliminating the need for self-policing. We have a tool that can show repair, cleaning, and usage history for each endoscope in active use. This abundance of data provides a clear picture of possible procedural concerns, as well as possible equipment issues. The solution begins with advancements and communication between all groups involved, instead of finger pointing at the cost of the patient’s safety. Change can happen when there is complete understanding of the issues at hand.
To access the information being collected 24/7, the easiest tool would be a device that’s on you 24/7, hence our accompanying mobile app. The main dashboard features a quick view of the status of the cleaning cycle with lights displaying possible alerts. The administrator can receive notifications when an endoscope skips a step or the duration at a certain step is below the threshold previously set. Each stage in the cycle can have custom set times, temperatures, and movements thresholds that the hospital deems optimal. You can select any piece of equipment or endoscope bringing up a full history allowing easy maintenance forecasting and purchasing needs. The most important process to providing a safe experience for your patient can be monitored from the device already in your pocket.
As a doctor prepares in the procedure room with a simple press on their smartphone they can view the entire history of the endoscope including the duration it sat in the inventory closet and the date and details of its most recent repair, both vitally important to the current safety of the endoscope they're about to use. From a doctor’s peace of mind to the administrator receiving a daily status report in their email, nothing will be overlooked or missed and nobody will be left out of the loop. Communication on all levels is one of the most important aspects in a successful hospital and having various outlets for the critical data to be released is key to how Prairie Dog can cover gaps currently existing with other systems on the market.
With the optional Prairie Dog Vision enhancement you can view real-time photos of the sink in action or bring up validation for any possible future disputes. A cataloged database searchable by time, date, or endoscope allows knowledge of one of the few undocumented steps in the cleaning cycle. Through the proper tracking of arguably the most important step allows the assurance that proper technique is followed as well as a quick way to tweak any mistake protecting both the worker and the hospital.
One of the fundamental ideas behind The Observer is to ensure that the worker already laden with various responsibilities has nothing else added to their plate. Our system requires no additional work and is completely hands-free. With no interruption to the process it can allow a quicker and smoother work day with fewer actions that could impact the time spent at each step in the name of speed.
Prairie Dog Tech is not the run of mill medical device provider. We are Tech Company not a medical device manufacturer. This provides a different approach to the typical issues a system in this industry would deal with. We can change and will change to better fit our customer. We want to hear your feedback, we want to hear your problems. Our business model is setup as monthly subscription for a reason, we want to roll out updates and instantly implement to improve our customers experience. Changing a menu on our app or modifying the way we present your reports not only helps us deliver a better product but it allows a communication between us and a customer that can truly advance an industry that is vital to the healthcare system and the medical community worldwide.

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