BI&T November/December 2018
The decision to pursue a real-time location system (RTLS) solution in a healthcare facility is not one to be made lightly—the systems are expensive, compatibility with existing Wi-Fi architecture is difficult to navigate, battery management presents unique challenges, and shifting technology means it's difficult to know when to pull the implementation trigger. But when it's working effectively, an RTLS solution can mean enhanced protection of assets and lowered chance of equipment loss, better productivity among staff (who aren't searching aimlessly for missing equipment), improved patient flow, enhanced tracking of patient data (leading to improved analytics), better room turnover, optimized throughput, and greater satisfaction among patients. While most RTLS systems are based on RFID (radio frequency identification), Bluetooth Low Energy also is growing in popularity, with its proponents saying it could provide great value to healthcare.
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