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Innovation Intro to RTLS
What is RTLS?
Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) provide immediate or real-time tracking and management of medical equipment, staff and patients. This type of solution enables healthcare facilities to capture workflow efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase clinical quality. RTLS solutions are comprised of various tags and badges, platforms (Wi-Fi, Infrared, Ultrasound, and others), hardware infrastructure (readers & exciters) and other components (servers, middleware & end-user software).Typically, an RTLS solution consists of specialized fixed location sensors receiving wireless signals from small ID badges or tags attached to equipment or persons. Each tag transmits its own unique ID in real time, and depending on the technology chosen, the system locates the tags and therefore the location of the tagged entities. Depending on the solution, varying degrees of granularity can be achieved. Basic RTLS solutions can enable tracking in a hospital’s unit or floor, whereas accuracy-based systems are able to achieve room, bed, bay, and even shelf-level tracking.
Addressing Healthcare’s Needs
Hospitals face similar business issues to any other large organization. Automated monitoring of a facility’s processes allows healthcare’s executives and senior management to react quickly to–if not prevent–obstacles related to the following:
The Next Generation of Healthcare Technology
The CenTrak Hybrid RTLS Technology™ outperforms any legacy tracking technologies by using a combination of a patented second generation infrared Gen2IR™ locating as well as active-RFID tracking. Battery powered monitors transmit a unique room number using Gen2IR, which is received by any tag currently located in that room. The tag then communicates the room number and its own unique ID via radio frequency to the location server using your existing wired or Wi-Fi network, at which point it can be accessed for tracking in real-time by hospital personnel. Monitors can be positioned wherever location data is needed including rooms, hallways, even bays. Similar to light, Gen2IR will not pass through walls and it does not suffer from traditional infrared line-of-sight limitations. Therefore, when a tag reads a room number, there are no errors. This is certainty-based RTLS for accurate tracking, which can automate healthcare applications such as EMRs, patient flow and staff management.