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Real-Time Location System for Hospitals: Improving Facilities for Patients and Staff
Healthcare executives constantly grapple with issues concerning the safety of their facility, the satisfaction of their staff, the quality of care provided to their patients and the costly workflow inefficiencies that impact their bottom line. Oftentimes, information technology (IT) innovation for healthcare is cited as a potential vehicle for improvement. Innovators are constantly working to create technology that can both promote patient safety and support streamlined business operations. What is one of the newest and most effective ways of addressing these challenges? Integrating Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) into hospital processes.

What is CenTrak’s RTLS Solution: Clinical-Grade Visibility™
CenTrak’s Clinical-Grade Visibility Technology include these key features that make it the most accurate locating system for hospitals:

  • Location accuracy — Most RTLS systems breakdown the facility by estimated zones to locate assets. However, the ability to define the clinical area based on the healthcare facility’s specific requirements is one thing that makes a visibility system more accurate. Knowing the supplies are on a particular floor or unit as opposed to knowing which room or even which shelf they are on is an important point of accuracy.

The capacity of segmenting space into appropriate zones is how CenTrak provides accurate location visibility. Zones such as nursing stations, beds, patient rooms, bays and hallways are clinically significant, and therefore, most useful for medical applications.

  • Update Speed — An accurate location is only useful if it is delivered in time. Items and people can move quickly in a hospital, which is why CenTrak’s platform updates accordingly. For certain pieces of equipment, update speed might not matter since they do not move often. In this case, update rates are customizable to optimize tag battery life.

CenTrak makes it possible to capture equipment, patient and staff interactions by delivering condition and location updates rapidly. Within seconds clinical milestones are collected.

  • Reliability —Low batteries and hardware failures can disrupt the flow of work and operations for the entire facility. CenTrak delivers critical condition, location and status updates to your chosen software application. Complete visibility is possible at-a-glance due to enterprise-level devices and tags equipped with long-lasting batteries.

With CenTrak’s Connect™ Pulse, healthcare facilities are notified when batteries are running low to ensure proper maintenance and prevent lost assets.

  • Condition Monitoring — Supplies that require strict temperature or humidity control need extra attention in storage and during transportation. Collecting environmental conditions data on these items is critical to ensuring they are still safe and viable when used. In addition to location, this vital information needs to be recorded and available to the appropriate personnel to aid with compliance regulations.

With automated environmental monitoring and pharmacy temperature monitoring, CenTrak keeps critical pharmaceuticals, blood, lab samples and vaccines safe and ready for patient use and maintains records on their storage temperature and conditions.

  • Installation —Systems that require extensive hardwiring are costly and time-consuming to install. Meanwhile, battery-powered devices are installed easily in patient care areas without the need to close rooms or deploy special infection prevention measures.

CenTrak’s wireless infrastructure has resilient batteries that are easy to change in the field, providing enterprise-class monitoring and visibility to healthcare facilities.

  • Interoperability — Integrating with other systems is a big benefit to a location technology platform. Healthcare facilities are full of independent systems operating in specific departments or across the entire facility. The best RTLS systems work with existing hardware and software making it easier to parse together all of the data needed to make decisions.

CenTrak integrates easily with over 130 healthcare applications including Nurse Call, Electronic Medical Records, Computerized Maintenance Management, and other security and access control systems your facility may already have in place, such as card access, video surveillance, public address systems and pagers.

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Staff, department managers and executive leadership across healthcare systems are all keenly aware that adjustments need to be made to the way they operate. But it is often difficult to know where to begin – including which process improvements need to be made first and which will have the biggest impact on their ability to deliver high-quality, efficient care.

With a real-time location system – or RTLS for healthcare – objective, meaningful data is automatically collected. You’ll know what’s really happening in the moment and have the insight to drive lasting change.

  • Decrease wait time
  • Increase throughput
  • Decrease waiting space
  • Free up care minutes
  • Increase utilization
  • Increase satisfaction

RTLS for Healthcare – Health Systems, Hospitals and Clinics

In healthcare, an RTLS solution, including both software and hardware, is used to provide real-time visibility into the movement and management of medical equipment, staff and patients.

For over a decade, Intelligent InSites has been providing best-in-class RTLS software to the healthcare industry. We partner with the top RTLS hardware technology to provide customers with the greatest value and most complete solution to meet their needs.

  • RTLS Hardware: The location badges/tags emit, and the location sensors receive unique ID codes to identify the precise location of people and assets across the facility.
  • RTLS Software: Intelligent InSites’ software extracts the data, and by applying robust workflow and milestone configurations, adds valuable context and visualization.
  • Integration with RTLS: By integrating other healthcare IT system (EHR, CMMS, etc.), InSites location and timestamp data can be supplemented with valuable data points from each system.

The output from this complete RTLS system gives you the visibility, functionality, and insight to improve efficiency and experiences.

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RLS / Asset Management / Real-Time Locating Systems (from Wikipedia 2011)

Real-time locating systems (RTLS) are used to track and identify the location of objects in real time. Using simple, inexpensive badges or tags attached to the objects, readers receive wireless signals from these tags to determine their locations. RTLS typically refers to systems that provide passive or active (automatic) collection of location information.

Location information usually does not include speed, direction, or spatial orientation. These additional measurements would be part of a navigation, maneuvering or positioning system.

Origin
The term RTLS was created (circa 1998) to describe an emerging technology that not only provided the Automatic Identification capabilities of active RFID tags, but added the ability to see the physical location of the tagged asset on a computer screen. Although this capability had been utilized previously by military and government agencies, the technology had been too expensive for commercial purposes.

By the early 1990's, commercialization began at two healthcare facilities in the United States (Foote Hospital in Jackson, MI and Broward Children's Hospital in Pompano Beach, FL). These early adoptors are atrributed to real-time locating industry innovator Precision Tracking (Versus Technology, Inc.) and were based on the transmission and decoding of infrared light signals from actively transmitting tags.

Systems Designs
RTLS excludes passive RFID indexing (radio frequency transponder indexers) and Cellnet base station segment locators (location-based services) from the scope of the ISO/IEC approach to RTLS standardization as well as all beacon systems, that ping without request. RTLS systems apply typically in confined areas, where the required reference points would be equipped with wireless anchor nodes.

Ranging
Ranging, as a special term for measuring distance, is the prerequisite for locating. Measuring a bearing angle, i.e. angulating is the other alternative.

Determining the distance may be either a non cooperative scanning process, as with RADAR or LIDAR, or a cooperative direct distance measuring process, as with RTLS. A scanned beam may form an overall image as a model of the whole scene. In all other cases the image of the scene is rather selective.

The following step is extracting the distance information from the scanned image. Direct distance measurement with a single beam targets only the object to be measured, for example, with a laser. This method requires additional information about the direction of the beam. The remaining method is omni-directional transmission with a signal containing an address code. Only the addressed object responds to the request. The time required for the signal to reach the object can be used to calculate the distance. After completing the distance measurement, the location may be computed.

There are two different principles when measuring travel time of radio waves:

- Trilateration derives the travel time of a radio signal from a metering unit, and measures and computes the distance with the relation of light speed in vacuum, the (Time of arrival concept).
- Triangulation derives the travel time of a pair of synchronous radio signals from a metering unit with two transmitters, and measures and computes the difference of distance with the relation of light speed in vacuum as an angle versus the baseline of the two transmitters (TDOA time difference of arrival concept).

All the terms named here just apply to measurement concepts. All information about location is for services applied to mobile or portable or otherwise transportable objects. Location information may be relevant for managing interaction of persons with services as well.

-- Angle of arrival (AoA)
-- Line-of-sight (LoS)
-- Time of arrival (ToA)
-- Multilateration (Time difference of arrival) (TDoA)
-- Time-of-flight (ToF)
-- Two-way ranging (TWR) according to Nanotron’s patents
-- Symmetrical Double Sided – Two Way Ranging (SDS-TWR)
-- Near-field electromagnetic ranging (NFER)

Types of technologies used
There is a wide variety of systems concepts and designs to provide real-time locating. A good choice is listed in RTLS for Dummies by Ajay Malik (Wiley 2009). Methods include:

-- Active radio frequency identification (Active RFID)
-- Active radio frequency identification - infrared hybrid (Active RFID-IR)
-- Infrared (IR)
-- Optical locating
-- Low-frequency signpost identification
-- Semi-active radio frequency identification (semi-active RFID)
-- Radio beacon
-- Ultrasound Identification (US-ID)
-- Ultrasonic ranging (US-RTLS)
-- Ultra-wideband (UWB)
-- Wide-over-narrow band
-- Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN, Wi-Fi)
-- Bluetooth
-- Clustering in noisy ambience
-- Bivalent systems

A general model for selection of the best solution for a locating problem has been constructed at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Many of these references do not comply with the definitions given in international standardization with ISO/IEC 19762-5 and ISO/IEC 24730-1. However, some aspects of real-time performance are served and aspects of locating are addressed in context of absolute coordinates.

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