How Real Time Location Systems Are Benefiting Healthcare Facilities
What are some of the benefits of using RTLS at a hospital or healthcare facility? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Real-time location systems (RTLS) provide location of people and things as they move in real-time. It is not hard to imagine some of the obvious use cases that can be of benefit in hospitals and healthcare settings. The “where is it” question is posed daily more than many nurses would like! It is typical to see nurses or other healthcare practitioners look for equipment whether they are wheelchairs, IV pumps or other equipment.
Other than helping staff find equipment, apparently things disappear in hospitals. “Shrinkage” – as it is referred to in financial book – is a real problem in many hospitals. Estimated at 3% of mobile equipment, healthcare facility and security managers look at RTLS as a preventive solution to address shrinkage.
People-centric use cases include tracking infants and patients with dementia. RTLS solutions tracking infants are usually viewed as a compliance tool that is integrated with access control. Movement of infants in/out of particular zones require special prior permission, the lack of which will cause door locking and alerts to be issued hospital wide. Nurse tracking is also a popular use case, not necessarily for the sake of tracking nurses but rather to integrate with the nurse calling systems and provide security location-aware alerts in cases of duress.
These are some of the most common use cases but it is not hard to think of others which one can build if given the a business rules platform with “if-this-then-that” logic.
Many RTLS providers offer an ROI calculator that shares an extensive list of possible use cases depending on the type and size of venue and the budget on hand. PenguinIN – Complete Indoor Tracking and Positioning is willing to provide zero-commitment consultation for that.