Real-Time Locating Systems In Healthcare, RTLS Tag, RTLS Device, and Radio Frequency Communication Resources Real-Time Locating Systems In Healthcare, RTLS Tag, RTLS Device, and Radio Frequency Communication Resources

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CASE STUDIES & WHITE PAPERS

  • Smartphones As Bar Code Scanners? Not So Fast.

    This white paper from Datalogic ADC discusses the introduction of digital imaging technology and the spread of smartphones which has led to the use of these consumer devices in data capture.

  • Hospital CIOs: Address — Don’t Ignore — BYOD Pressures

    When it comes to optimizing their facilities’ communications infrastructure, policies and management,
    hospital CIOs are under enormous pressure to break out of some previously unassailable comfort
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  • University Of Mississippi Medical Center Finds Quick RTLS ROI

    This case study outlines the many values of RTLS (real-time location systems) and monitoring systems in healthcare, and how the University of Mississippi Medical Center realized a return on its investment in RTLS and temperature monitoring in less than two years.

  • 10 Point Guide To Selecting The Right Mobile Computer Cart

    The evaluation and selection pro­cess of mobile carts can be a daunting task for healthcare pro­fessionals. This 10 point checklist can be your guide to understanding the ins and outs of modern mobile computer cart technology, and how to determine which cart is right for your healthcare facility.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare
    The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare

    Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.

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RTLS PREMIUM CONTENT

  • Moving Beyond The EHR
    Moving Beyond The EHR

    What technologies will shape the future of healthcare as the industry ventures into the looming “post-EHR era”?

  • The Right Time To Implement RTLS
    The Right Time To Implement RTLS

    Waiting for the “next big thing” before proceeding with an IT implementation can be a lesson in futility. Geisinger Health System faced such a conundrum when choosing an RTLS (real-time location system) solution, and here’s what they did to expedite the process.

  • How The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Healthcare
    How The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

    From notifying care givers of proper bed rail placement for patients with a high fall risk to directing patients to their medical appointments, the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare are truly endless.

2015 Health IT Change Agents

Our inaugural class of Health IT Change Agents set a high bar, but this year’s class can more than hold its own when it comes to driving positive change and advancing health IT.

Combine Lean & Real-Time Tracking To Improve Outcomes

By combining Kaizen methodologies with real-time asset tracking technology, Health First has reduced patient discharge times, wait times, and overall length of stay.

Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2016

For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.

A Road Map To Accelerating Health IT Value And Innovation

Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.

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ABOUT REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEMS

Real-time locating systems (RTLS) utilize activated tags attached to objects or worn by people to track locations and automatically identify the assets or people in real time. RTLS systems use fixed points of reference in order to triangulate the exact location of specific tags. In a medical environment, RTLS tags can be used to track medical equipment, mobile carts, computers, doctors, nurses, and patients.

RTLS systems normally use radio frequency (RF) communications, but some solutions leverage infrared or ultrasound technology. RTLS primarily provides local positioning and very rarely uses GPS or any other outside tracking technology.

RTLS tags are typically used in closed environments. The location tracking of assets is done through range estimation where RTLS systems measure accuracy for a given distance (e.g. 95% accurate to 5 meters).

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