Think of RTLS as a work and asset management system on steroids.
RTLS (that’s real-time location system to you and I) is taking the healthcare industry by storm and it’s no surprise considering it can save the average US hospital up to $2 million per annum. That is not a figure to be sniffed at – think of all the things a hospital could do with an extra $2 million a year. A lot!
While saving money is obviously an extremely important vantage point this is not the only area RTLS can assist in. Here’s a little run through of the main appeal points of an RTLS system.
- Patient & Staff Tracking
- Nurse Call
- Panic Button
- Healthcare Analytics
- Infection Control
- Patient Fall Alerts
- Asset Tracking
- Patient Flow
- Wandering Management
- Staff Safety
The implementation of RTLS systems across the country could help solve even the most extreme problems facing hospitals today.
RTLS works to eliminate areas in a healthcare facility where blind spots are present and reduce bottlenecks in procedures.
That’s all well and good but how will this be made possible I hear you say?
It’s actually a lot more straight forward than you may think.
Get The Skinny
RTLS systems work off a user friendly map/table top device where it is possible to locate any person, place or thing instantly. This is done through the implementation of staff/patient bracelets and tags for all important machinery. Once the staff/patients have adorned these bracelets they can be located on the map in any place at any time.
This kind of technology is a god sent in terms of patient and staff safety. It is also an invaluable way to ensure those suffering from Alzheimer’s do not wander off and become endangered. It eliminates the time staff spend searching for misplaced equipment during a shift in comparison with the average 72 minutes per shift they would spend trying to find various medical items in a facility with no RTLS system present.
The Healthcare Makeover
RTLS systems are revolutionising the healthcare system. By giving users instant access to areas such as performance analytics and big data they will be able to improve there hospital performance tenfold and save millions in ROI per annum.
It is so important that the healthcare industry remains on top of the newest technology. In terms of RTLS implementation it to me seems like a no brainer. The future of healthcare is here and we need to grab it with both hands to ensure we are receiving the best technology can offer.
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