4 reasons to use indoor positioning in the healthcare industry
Indoor navigation for healthcare organizations is being developed in recent years. Whereas earlier the solution was just useful for hospitals, now it is obvious that it is necessary.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed gaps in the healthcare systems in many countries. The world faced a shortage of hospital beds, logistics issues, and other problems.
Often, hospitals fail to accurately assess emergencies and are not able to allocate the necessary resources. Which ambulance call is a priority and which is not? The question has become extremely acute, tied to a series of fatal incidents. Waiting for an ambulance, long waiting lists, overcrowded wards, this is what people had to put up with.
Today, the COVID-19 threat forces us to reconsider strategies and techniques for organizing healthcare worldwide. Social distancing, protective barriers, and hand sanitizers are becoming part of our reality. There is no doubt that indoor navigation will be among these urgent measures that can help save the health and lives of millions of people.
There are several key use cases that demonstrate the effectiveness of indoor positioning for the healthcare industry:
- Patients wayfinding
- Medical staff navigation
- Assets tracking
- Contact tracing
Healthcare organizations combine elements of both an emergency service and a sort of client service. For them, it is important to provide visitors with timely assistance and care. However, it is important to respond to less critical cases as well.
Waiting time is a basic KPI that hospitals have to set. When hospitals fail to provide timely aid, they don't just dissatisfy their visitors. Their negligence can cause tragic consequences.
Every fourth visitor asks medical staff for directions. Now this routine function is delegated to a mobile application. Real-time turn-by-turn navigation like in Google maps, provides the best route, bypassing areas with closed access. In the application, you can reserve an appointment, or contact the nearest available doctor or nurse.
Medical Staff Navigation
Time is a key resource in medicine. The faster and more accurately medics act, the more lives they can save. The comprehensive indoor navigation platform prevents them from being distracted by planning routes, providing material support, or schedule changes. The application automatically finds the optimal paths and keeps the schedule up-to-date in real-time.
Hospitals are divided into different zones depending on the patient’s condition. Red zones, for the most severe issues, and green, for minor injuries. For the other issues, there are yellow and orange areas. The interactive maps help to prioritize resources, take patients to the right zones, and get there as soon as possible. Another useful feature, the SOS button that alerts the staff in case of emergency and locates the incident, allows them to take action even more rapidly and accurately.
There are multiple difficulties when it comes to medical equipment. The first one is ensuring immediate access to the necessary equipment in case of emergency. The coronavirus showed how people can be in dire need of artificial lung ventilation devices. To save a person’s life, it is important to ensure prompt delivery of equipment quickly, and this is a key function of navigation systems.
Another common problem is theft and loss of expensive equipment due to poor control. Tracking systems provide ongoing control and help to prevent this type of incident.
Hospitals implemented traffic control to focus on optimizing the people flows. Now they try to solve a new problem. Contact tracing technology helps to analyze data on the movements of infected people and evaluate the possible risk of spreading the virus.
How to make it all possible?
The technologies and approaches mentioned above can transform and upgrade the healthcare industry at scale. Navigine is one of the most competent providers of indoor positioning technology for medical purposes as well. Real-life cases prove the effectiveness of our solutions and their invaluable benefits for people’s health and lives.