The software was set up within days, and Kontakt.io pre-programmed the tags to work with Riverside’s system. No third-party installer was needed to deploy the beacons and gateway infrastructure. It was all done internally by two facility staff members. “Once the devices shipped, we plugged them in, they were connected, we got them mapped, and we were able to start testing it right away,” said Devine.
To test the efficacy of the new system, Riverside tracked how much time in a week it took staff to locate certain medical devices. They concluded that about 40 hours a week on average was spent looking for facility equipment. With the new Bluetooth® Asset Tracking system in place, they could repurpose that time, hire an additional full-time employee, and better attend to patient needs.
Riverside is now up to 2,500 tagged assets, and they are starting to test the patient-elopement functionality.
“Bluetooth® technology breaks the shackles of monopolism by being one of the most widespread sensor communication protocols developed on open standards.”
– Kapil Asher, Kontakt.io
The Future of RTLS at Riverside Healthcare
Moving forward, Riverside is looking at integrating wayfinding for patients to help them better navigate the hospital. According to Devine, Riverside plans to use Bluetooth® RTLS in a way that lets the entire clinic know where patients are in the hospital and the system. The moment the patient walks into the facility, they would get a badge letting healthcare staff know how long a patient has been waiting.
This technology has the potential to optimize the flow of patient care and minimize patient wait times. That will not only improve patient satisfaction and safety, but it will also allow Riverside to treat more patients in a day.
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