Real time location systems, frequency abbreviated as RTLS, provide inherent characteristics which have both immediate tactical short-term benefits as well as long-term strategic implications for hospital operations.
Real time location systems provide hospital administrators with actionable information regarding the location, status and movement of equipment and people. With RTLS, hospitals have access not only to the specific locations of equipment and people – but also advanced RTLS search capabilities allowing searching by specific location (floor, area, room) or unique asset identifier (department owner, type, manufacturer, model number, asset control number or EIN).
The detailed asset information and reporting capabilities of RTLS allow further analysis to support a variety of uses, including equipment utilization data to identify inefficiencies that have required excess equipment inventory purchases, specific asset searches by manufacturer or model number for retrieval of equipment subject to recall, understanding of instances where patient safety is compromised when non-sterile instrumentation may be used for patient procedures, and collection of data to optimize equipment placement.
Awarepoint’s unique RTLS uses patented Sensors, based on underlying ZigBee technology, that are simply plugged in to standard electrical outlets and instantly form the wireless Awarenet™ mesh network. RFID asset tracking tags are attached to equipment or people and RTLS users can track their location, status and movement in real-time from any web-enabled computer using the Searchpoint™ search engine. Using Infopoint™, the business analytics and reporting tool, managers can quickly view customized real time location systems reports to provide insights and trends. This actionable, RTLS information allows immediate incremental changes which can significantly improve business processes that impact patient flow and ultimately, patient care.
The Awarepoint RTLS can be installed anywhere in your facility without disruption, even in occupied patient rooms and sterile areas, offering the quickest, most economical and least disruptive real time location systems in the industry today.
Awarepoint has successfully installed its RTLS in prestigious teaching medical centers, leading nationwide healthcare organizations and the largest naval hospital in the country. We understand each hospital is unique and can help you identify opportunities where real time location systems can improve the way your hospital works.
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