Asset Tracking in Healthcare
Healthcare is one sector that illustrates the potential for Bluetooth® enabled asset tracking. Reductions in the time to locate an important device or critical medication can be the difference between life or death. Bluetooth location services solutions can support a range of tailored applications that not only increase the efficiency of care but also improve the tracking and management of assets, processes, and compliance with regulatory standards.
An average hospital in the United States can save up to $1.2 million.
With Bluetooth asset tracking, hospitals can track equipment in real-time, allocating the right resources to the right teams at the right time while ensuring valuable equipment is not lost or stolen. Asset tracking makes it possible to get the real-time position of equipment, such as medical devices, trolleys, and wheelchairs, and ensure they are available when visitors or patients need them. Dupont says that, by implementing a Bluetooth® asset tracking solution, an average hospital in the United States can save up to $1.2 million in equipment each year.
“One study suggests that nursing staff waste an hour per shift trying to find equipment,” said Dupont. “This is time consuming, expensive, and, of course, can be dangerous in an emergency.” In a smart hospital, equipment such as ultrasound machines, concentrators, mobile hoists, and other assets, can be fitted with a Bluetooth tag so staff can see where they are on a live dashboard. When a nurse takes a new shift, they can immediately see where equipment is and know if it has been disinfected and ready for use.
Asset Tracking in Manufacturing
The proliferation of connected devices is powering efficiencies and driving ROI across many verticals and has made an especially noticeable impact in engineering and manufacturing operations. With the addition of location-based applications, facilities can get real-time, accurate, and in-depth insight into the production process, including the position of their workforce and industrial assets. This data can be processed, analyzed, transformed into actionable KPIs, and used to drive initiatives that optimize efficiency.
According to Belloni, Bluetooth® location services solutions can help businesses track assets and workflows while increasing work safety for all employees. “Imagine needing to find a specific shipping container amongst thousands that all look alike or helping a worker find the right tool for completing the job,” said Belloni. “Combining asset tracking with IoT in this way means businesses can get accurate insights to inform key decisions on performance, saving a significant amount of time and money.”
The benefits expand beyond just positioning; location-based IoT applications can significantly streamline processes by reducing the time spent on mundane tasks, such as inventory checks and paperwork. Management can check where time is being wasted and generate insights on how system layouts can be improved, increasing overall output productivity.