Real-time location solutions (RTLS) provide visibility into the location of assets and people by tracking their location in real time using devices known as tags. These tags are attached to equipment or worn by people and provide constant updates through a distributed network to help pinpoint the location of assets and/or people throughout a facility. Within the healthcare industry, RTLS can track medical equipment, staff, patients and monitor sensitive environments within a hospital setting.
Hospitals continue to face challenges around lowering operating margins, reducing staff turnover, increasing staff safety, and stopping patients from leaving without treatment. RTLS provides hospitals visibility into key assets, including equipment, staff and patients, and enables them to better manage their equipment, provide timely response to staff duress or safety issues, and improve the overall workflows and experiences of patients and staff.
By helping hospitals understand and optimize usage of current equipment, RTLS can have a meaningful impact on hospital revenue by helping save valuable capital expense (CAPEX) and operating expense (OPEX) money invested each year in purchasing additional equipment. The solution can also help reduce cost of non-compliance by automating key workflows when monitoring environments or hand hygiene. Additionally, it can impact the patient experience and influence the provider they choose in the future which may impact overall hospital revenues.
RTLS can address multiple challenges for a hospital.
Cox Prosight is an extensible, secure, IoT solution from Cox Communications that tracks and monitors assets, environments, and people to help improve operational efficiency, staff safety, and clinical flows, all while engaging patients inside and outside of the hospital footprint.We provide a complete end-to-end RTLS solution including hardware (tags, network, receivers), software (applications, engines, alerting), services (installation, maintenance) and integrations (API’s) necessary to provide real time visibility across a hospital environment.
Every hospital faces similar challenges with regards to assets, staff, patients, and environments. Cox Prosight can help hospitals of any size transform and modernize their operations to provide the highest-level of operational insight.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a terminology used for the traditional passive or active technologies for tracking and monitoring equipment. Bluetooth low energy (BLE) is the latest technology, commonly found in modern mobile devices.
BLE provides significant advantages over RFID in terms of increased battery life of tags, no ongoing maintenance costs, significantly reduced infrastructure costs and ease of installation. BLE offers a better total cost of ownership while providing significant improvements in location accuracy and real time visibility needed for the modern smart hospital.
Using Cox Prosight has the potential to provide various benefits to your hospital, including:
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