Tracking assets in hospitals and medical institutions
Due to the high cost of medical equipment, hospitals and medical institutions have to monitor carefully its location for preventing thefts and for ensuring permanent accessibility. The hospital asset tracking system allows monitoring equipment and materials in real time. It can provide proper care of patients and radically improve the quality of patient service.
Functions of the medical equipment tracking system
Large medical institutions regularly face an increasing number of patients especially at the height of Covid-19. Patients constantly require medical care so the staff do not always have time for searching the required medical equipment. In this case asset tracking and navigation technologies become useful helpers in ensuring proper work of a hospital. Thanks to them, it is possible to speed up work processes significantly.
Indoor positioning systems can perform various functions. The most significant are the following ones: healthcare asset tracking, building convenient routes to assets, getting analytical reports for work optimization.
Tracking medical equipment location in real time
The system allows equipment monitoring, hospital wheelchair tracking, defining hospital bed occupancy or the availability of free diagnostics machines.
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Thanks to using tracking software and sensors, the hospital head office is always informed about the location of hospital assets and can timely react to emergency situations, which makes it possible to quickly solve the emerging problems and prevent possible damage or thefts.
Building routes to the necessary equipment
Indoor positioning systems can assist in building the quickest and most convenient route to the required asset. The special app for hospitals is used for this purpose. Being installed in the staff’s smartphones, it gives access to interactive maps of the medical institution. The technology provides step-by-step navigation in real time that allows getting to the equipment as soon as possible. Routes can be accompanied with a list of tasks for nurses and other hospital employees, which guarantees optimal working load of the staff.
Vaccine tracking and monitoring the temperature mode in the building
Navigation sensors control the movement of drugs and the compliance with the rules of storage. It is extremely important while using vaccines that require certain temperature modes. Sensors are installed in the rooms with drugs and constantly monitor the temperature and, in case of any deviations from the set values, send the corresponding notifications to the employees responsible for storing medicine. Moreover, the implementation of the system can help to track the usage of vaccines for the avoidance of their re-introduction.
Getting analytical data on inventory and asset using
Monitoring systems allow getting detailed analytical reports on equipment and material usage. It simplifies care for patients, increases the efficiency of the medical institution performance and gives a number of other advantages:
- On admission to hospital, the staff can make sure that there is a free bed in the hospital. Hospital bed tracking reduces the waiting time and does not make doctors postpone the admission until beds are available.
- If the patient is waiting for blood transfusion, he needs the blood of a certain group. Using the mobile app, the nurse can define its availability and location in the hospital.
- The system helps to carry out the inventories of medication, equipment and make restocking. When the number of drugs decreases, the platform sends the notification with a warning on the lack of medicine.
Advantages of the system implementation
The deployment of the system for tracking hospital assets allows minimizing the number of the situations when the equipment is unavailable. The technology implementation practically excludes the possibility of equipment theft and gives hospitals a number of advantages:
- Increasing the medical staff efficiency;
- Decreasing the cost of purchasing the stolen or lost equipment;
- Possibility of timely medical waste management;
- Improving resource management;
- Monitoring the return on investment of assets;
- Getting accurate information on using medical resources;
- Reducing the waiting time for patients.
Technical realization of the equipment tracking system
The hospital asset tracking system, as well as hospital wayfinding solutions, can be realized in several ways. RFID and iBeacon are considered the most effective ones.
RFID is a system of automatic object identification that functions by means of special tags. Tags are placed on hospital equipment and send radio signals with the information that is detected by special readers. The effective range is up to several hundred meters.
The iBeacon platform is based on the Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Special beacons, installed in hospital rooms, send Bluetooth radio signals at determined intervals. Users’ smartphones detect these signals at a distance of up to 50 m and define the location with high accuracy. After that, the mobile app in the smartphone can react in some ways – build a route, display the relevant information, provide notifications, etc.
Navigine specializes in implementing the systems of tracking and indoor positioning into the hospital infrastructure. We offer effective solutions for navigation in healthcare that can ensure asset safety and their accessibility at any moment.